The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the hearing of all the petitions filed in the High Court regarding the regulation of the over-the-top (OTT) platform.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that despite the apex court notifying the transfer petition filed by the Center to attach all such petitions pending in the High Court, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Action is being taken on the matter.

The bench said that issuing notice on the transfer petition meant that the ongoing hearing would have to be stopped.
Mehta said that new petitions have also been filed in many high courts in this case. The Center has told the court that it has received complaints from members of civil society, MPs and Chief Ministers about the content streamed by OTT platforms.

On the other hand, the bench further said, “We prohibit all proceedings in this case in the High Court and will hear the matter in the second week after Holi’s leave.” The notice was issued on the transfer petition of the Center requesting the petitions attached to the regulation.

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