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pil: HC junks PIL calls for ban on promotion of online gaming apps by Shah Rukh, Dhoni and others

The High Court of Madhya Pradesh has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) requesting a ban on the promotion of online gaming apps by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and cricketers MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Online games are “neither prohibited nor forbidden” in the state and whether or not to play these mobile games was a matter of “self-restriction”, he said.

A divisional bench order from Justices Vivek Rusia and Amarnath Kesharwani, passed on September 5, became available on Tuesday. “No subpoenas can be issued against individuals like Khan, Dhoni, Kohli and Sharma for stopping them from advertising because it is their job to make money,” the bench said.

Additionally, the petition was dismissed because the mobile online gaming application operators had not been involved in the litigation, the court said. Petitioner Vinod Kumar Dwivedi, a local lawyer, had prayed to stop the four celebrities from promoting online games, saying young people are becoming addicted to such games and it is affecting their future. The court, however, said it was a “self-restriction” because “anything done in excess in an uncontrolled manner becomes injurious to life”.