The interim ban on the Chinese social media app TikTok imposed by an order of madras High Court will be lifted if the court fails to give its final order on April 24, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court on Monday directed the Madras HC to decide on April 24 a plea of by the Chinese company seeking interim relief by lifting the ban imposed by it, or else the high court's earlier order against the app will stand vacated.The high court had on April 3 directed the Centre to ban mobile application "TikTok" as it voiced concern over "pornographic and inappropriate content" being made available through such apps. The apex court had earlier refused to stay the Madras High Court order.
A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna on Monday said that Chinese company ByteDance, which owns TikTok app, can raise its grievances before the High Court on April 24, when the matter is listed.The bench said that the high court has to decide the plea for interim relief of vacating the ban order on April 24 and if it does not decide the plea, then the ban order would stand vacated.
At the outset, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for ByteDance said that they were losing over Rs 4.5 crore a day and safety features of over two million subscribers are at risk.He said that the order of the Madurai bench of the high court should be stayed as it was an ex-parte order and they were not heard at all on the issue.To this, the bench asked Singhvi as to when is the matter coming up for hearing before the high court.