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High court rejects plea for ban on Star Plus, Zee Bangla and Star Jalsha in Bangladesh

MUMBAI: Star Plus, Zee Bangla and Star Jalsha will continue to telecast in Bangladesh. A petition seeking ban on the broadcast of these three Indian television channels in Bangladesh was rejected by the High Court.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order on Sunday morning.

The plea was rejected as the petitioner did not lodge a complaint with the competent authorities against the channels, deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Sazu said while addressing the media.

In Bangladesh, 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, Supreme Court lawyer Syeda Shahin Ara Laily filed a public interest litigation seeking the court’s directive on the government to stop telecast of the three channels in Bangladesh. The argument was that the programmes broadcast by the three channels left adverse impact on the social and cultural life of the country’s people.

The serials aired in these Indian TV channels are contrary to Islamic values and create chaos in Bangladeshi families, local radical Islamist parties and groups allege.

After the verdict, the petitioner’s lawyer said that his client would appeal before the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the HC verdict.