SC stays all petitions on regulation of content on OTT platforms pending in High Courts

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed all proceedings pending before various High Courts for regulation and functioning of Over-the-top (OTT) platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, etc. across the country.

Earlier, the apex court in a ruling issued a notice on a transfer petition filed by the Centre which includes the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Electronics and Technology and the Ministry of Law and Justice seeking to club all petitions filed in various high courts on the issue of regulating OTT platforms.

However, despite the order by the apex court various High Courts including the Punjab and Haryana High Court is proceeding in the issue, hence it is pending there.

The bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, observed that notice on transfer petition means that proceedings going on have to stay. While staying the further proceedings of pleas pending in various High Courts, the bench stated that the case will now be heard after Holi on March 29.

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