Mukul Rohatgi
Mukul Rohatgi

Senior Advocate and former Attorney General for India Mukul Rohatgi refuses to represent TikTok

Pallavi Saluja

Senior Advocate and former Attorney General for India Mukul Rohatgi has refused to appear for Chinese video sharing app TikTok against the Government of India.

Speaking to Bar & Bench, Rohatgi confirmed his decision and said,

“It doesn’t feel right to appear for a Chinese company in view of the current tension.”

It is understood that TikTok is planning to challenge the Indian government's move to ban the video sharing platform earlier this week.

Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayyar has also refused to represent one of the banned Chinese companies. However, the name of the company has not been disclosed.

Along with TikTok, 58 other apps developed in China have also been banned owing to concerns that they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order."

The press note issued on Monday states,

"The Ministry of Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India. The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measure."

Bar and Bench - Indian Legal news