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Star Plus, Jalsha & Zee telecast challenged in B'Desh SC

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MUMBAI: An appeal has been filed in the Bangladesh Supreme Court challenging the country's High Court verdict that approved continuing of telecast of three Indian TV channels.

The Bangladesh High Court had paved the way for continuance of telecast of Star Plus, Zee Bangla and Star Jalsha. The court rejected a writ petition that sought ban on the broadcast of the three. The petitioner's lawyer had said his client would appeal before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.

Apex court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laily on Sunday afternoon submitted the appeal to the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the high court decision. SC chamber judge might hold hearing on the appeal on Wednesday, Laily?s lawyer Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan told The Daily Star.

On 7 August, 2014, Laily had filed the writ seeking to stop the operation of the three, arguing that those have been making an adverse impact on the social life of the country's people. Students' education and housewives' normal chores were being affected due to watching the programmes, she had mentioned. On 19 October, the High Court asked the government to explain as to why it should not be directed to ask the cable operators to stop airing the three, the Financial Express reported.

Influenced by drama serial "Bojhena Se Bojhena" on Star Jalsha, the petitioner argued, three Bangladeshi girls had reportedly committed suicide for not getting "Pakhi" dress used in the serial. Bangladeshi channels, on the other hand, were not allowed to be broadcast in India, she added.

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