The apex court issued notices to the ministries of broadcasting, law and communications on an appeal challenging the Feb 8 order of the Delhi HC.
The petition wants the formulation of guidelines or legislation to regulate content to block what it describes as sexually explicit, vulgar and violent content. The special leave petition was filed by an NGO called Justice for Rights Foundation (JRF) against a decision of the Delhi High Court, which had dismissed its public interest litigation calling for censorship in February.
The petition said: “Online platforms are displaying unlicensed, unregulated, uncertified content and collecting subscription amounts from Indian consumers whereas the content telecasted on the online platforms is illegal.”
The petition added that the absence of guidelines has given rise to a special class of broadcasters and this discriminates against customers, cable TV producers and direct-to-home operators, it said.
JRF founder Satyam Singh Rajput said: “These platforms are running (in) a legal vacuum in an illegal way. My point is who is responsible if these platforms’ content causes riots or shows something against India.”