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The Supreme Court today directed the Madras High Court to decide on the question of interim relief in the matter regarding the ban on mobile app TikTok.
The Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna passed the order. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi appeared for TikTok.
The Court stated that if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the interim relief on April 24, the interim order will stand vacated. The High Court had passed an interim order calling for a ban on the mobile app earlier this month.
TikTok had subsequently challenged the order in the Supreme Court. The company had claimed that the Madras High Court’s interim order was based on exaggerations made by the petitioner in the case.
When the matter came up before the Supreme Court last Monday, however, the Court declined to stay the Madras High Court order. Instead, it listed the matter for April 22, on which date it would be apprised of the developments at the Madras High Court in the case.
On April 17, the High Court refused to stay its order calling for a ban on the download of the app. The Bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and SS Sundar directed the appointment of Senior Advocate Arvind Datar as independent counsel in the case.
Interestingly, TikTok has contended that the problems faced by it are exactly the same as those faced by other social media platforms. Selective action against TikTok is violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India, it has been contended.
The Madras High Court will now decide the question of interim relief on April 24.
Read the order below.