A Public Interest Litigation was filed before the Allahabad High Court seeking a direction to stop the telecast of “Namak Ishq Ka” TV Serial.
It was pleaded that the promo of the show “Namak Ishq Ka” wrongly puts a question to marry ladies who have danced on some occasion. The show was alleged to be aired in violation of the provisions of Cinematograph Act, 1952.
According to the counsel for the petitioner, a TV serial like “Namak Ishq Ka” too is a film as defined under Section 2(dd) of the Act, 1952 and, as such, the same should also be subject to censor by Censor Board established under Section 3 of the Act, 1952.
A Bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Hon’ble Justice Ramesh Sinha dismissed the writ petition on the ground that since the Petitioner had sought a relef of mandamus, which cannot be issued unless grievance is first raised before the competent authority.
As in the present case no representation was made before seeking a writ of mandamus, therefore the PIL has been dismissed.
The Court has given liberty to the Petitioner to make appropriate representation before the competent authority.