B'Desh PIL rejected; Star Plus, Jalsha & Zee Bangla telecast to continue

MUMBAI: The Bangladesh High Court has paved the way for continuance of running telecast of three Indian channels -- Star Plus , Zee Bangla and Star Jalsha in the country. T

he court rejected a writ petition that sought ban on the broadcast of the three Indian television channels.

The petitioner's lawyer then said his client would appeal before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the HC verdict.

A high court bench comprising Justice JBM Hassan and Justice MMI Chowdhury passed the judgement, deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Sazu told Bangladeshi media. Sazu said that the court rejected the petition stating that it was not acceptable as the petitioner did not lodge a complaint with the competent authorities against the channels.

Any person is permitted to lodge a complaint with the Bangladesh Television director-general and the information secretary against any channel under the relevant rules if one is aggrieved,.

On 7 August, 2014, Syeda Shahin Ara Laily, a Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer, filed a PIL (public interest litigation) seeking to halt the operation of the channels arguing that they were adversely impacting Bangladesh's cultural and social life.

In her writ, the petitioner also observed that the operation of the Indian channels need to be banned as Bangladeshi channels were not permitted in India.

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