Madurai: The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a plea against celebrities endorsing online games by featuring in advertisements by observing that the present public interest litigation (PIL) is a waste of time and nothing but an attempt by the petitioner to gain publicity.
The court dismissed the PIL filed by an advocate, I Mohammed Razvi, of Madurai who sought action against the celebrity respondents and online gaming groups who are involved in cyber crimes, scam, illegal data transfer to protect the privacy of the people.
The petitioner had made cricketers Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly, actors Prakash Raj, Tamannaah Bhatia, Rana Daggubati and Sudeep who had featured in advertisements pertaining to 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 fuelled by the petitioner’s ambition to propel himself to stardom by questioning the participation of several prominent personalities in certain advertisements.”
The judges said that it will be open to the petitioner to approach the appropriate authorities to take steps to prohibit online games or such activities that do not appeal to his taste.
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