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HC notice to Centre, Odisha on Blue Whale Challenge PIL

Press Trust of India  |  Cuttack 

The High today issued notices to the Centre and the state asking them to file counters to a PIL that seeks to make public the Centre's notification to remove all links on platforms of deadly online game Blue Whale Challenge.

Admitting the filed by lawyer Shivshankar Mohanty, a division bench of Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Justice B R Sarangi issued the notices to the respondents, including the of and of

The adjourned the matter to September 18.

In the petition, Mohanty has alleged that despite Centre's August 11 notification to remove the online links of the game, the intermediaries have not done so. Moreover, the notification is also not available in the public domain.

The lawyer-petitioner, who argued the case himself, told the that Section 69(a) of Act 2000 authorises the Centre to issue directions for blocking public access to any material that incites commission of any cognisable offence.

Mohanty annexed newspaper clippings to his and informed the Court that innocent youths are falling prey to the online challenge.

After crossing certain levels, the game administrator asks the participants to perform dangerous tasks like taking selfies on the edge of rooftops and abet them to commit suicide.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 22:13 IST