Madurai: Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea against celebrities supporting online games by appearing in advertisements, observing that this public interest litigation (PIL) is a waste of time and nothing else than an attempt by the petitioner to advertise.
The court dismissed the PID filed by a lawyer, I Mohammed Razvi, of Madurai, who requested prosecutions against interviewed celebrities and online gaming groups involved in cybercrime, scam and illegal data transfer to protect people’s privacy.
The petitioner had named cricketers Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly, actors Prakash Raj, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati and Sudeep who appeared in advertisements for online games as respondents in his petition.
A division bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice M Duraiswamy observed: “There is no doubt that this petition is fueled by the petitioner’s ambition to propel himself to stardom by questioning the participation of several personalities. prominent in some advertisements.
The judges stated that it would be open to the petitioner to approach the competent authorities to take measures to ban online gambling or such activities which do not appeal to his taste.