The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Madras High Court to decide on April 24 a plea challenging its order directing the Centre to ban downloading of social media app TikTok, failing which it said the High Court order would stand vacated.
“We are told that the matter is fixed for hearing before the High Court on 24th April, 2019. We request the High Court to hear and decide the prayer for vacation of the interim stay, failing which it is hereby ordered that the ex-parte stay order of the High Court shall stand vacated,” a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna ordered.
Questioning the order by the Madurai Bench of the High Court, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that it was passed ex-parte order and sought a stay on it.
Observing that pornography and inappropriate contents are made available through mobile apps like TikTok, the HC had on April 3 issued an interim direction to central government to prohibit downloading it. The court also sought to prohibit media from airing TikTok videos.