PUBG Ban Row: Gujarat High Court Rejects PIL Challenging The Ban Order

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In what could be bad news for PUBG fans, Gujarat High Court has rejected public interest litigation (PIL) challenging PUBG ban order.

Written By Tech Desk | Mumbai | Updated On:

In what could be bad news for PUBG fans, Gujarat High Court has rejected public interest litigation (PIL) challenging PUBG ban order. The PIL was filed recently by the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF).

"Hon’ble Gujarat High Court has dismissed the PIL. Reasons orally indicated are prosecuted individuals may approach court themselves. Will upload pleadings, a copy of the order & post a detailed update indicating next steps. A big thank you to our legal counsel. We will carry on!" the IFF said.

READ | Internet Freedom Foundation files PIL in Gujarat High Court against PUBG ban order

Responding to a tweet, the IFF said that plea was necessary since more than 20 arrests were made across the state for playing PUBG mobile. The IFF also cited the harms which will follow young students who were arrested, for many years.

"Either a long legal trial or a criminal record," the IFF added.

READ | Experts divided over PUBG ban controversy in India

Earlier, the Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) has filed public interest litigation (PIL) before Gujarat High Court against PUBG ban order across the state.

The PIL was filed after law enforcement authorities in Gujarat arrested over 20 individuals under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for playing PUBG on their mobile phone.

The PIL cited the violation of Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the constitution of India.

Earlier, Ahmedabad police reportedly lifted the ban on PUBG. However, the IFF argued that nothing is legally stopping Ahmedabad police from renewing the ban, hinting that Ahmedabad police might impose the ban again in the future if their action is not challenged legally.

The IFF also said that the PUBG ban is not a laughing matter as out of all the people arrested for playing the game in Gujarat, at least thirteen were young, college students.

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