Chegudi Ashok Babu v. Karunakar Sugguna

Pragya AgrawalCase Summary

Writ petition for a takedown of a short film's trailer hurting religious sentiments

Chegudi Ashok Babu v. Karunakar Sugguna
(2016) 6 ALD 215 (DB) : (2019) 6 ALT 295 (DB)
In the High Court of Andhra Pradesh
WP (PIL) 80/2019
Before Chief Justice C. Praveen Kumar and Justice M. Satyanarayana Murthy
Decided on August 02, 2019

Relevancy of the case: Writ petition for a takedown of a short film’s trailer hurting religious sentiments

Statutes and Provisions Involved

  • The Information Technology Act, 2000 (Section 66)
  • The Indian Penal Code, 1860 (Section 295A)
  • The Constitution of India, 1950 (Article 25, 26, 19(1)(a), 19(2))

Relevant Facts of the Case

  • The petitioners are priests in a Christian Church. They have filed this petition against a short firm’s producers along with public servants. According to the petitioners, the public servants did not take any action against the producers.
  • The short film’s teaser has defamed the Christian religion, and it was not in accordance with the Bible.

Opinion of the Bench

  • Based on the presented screenshots of the teaser, it is difficult to conclude that it points out a particular religion.
  • While the petitioners filed a complaint with the police, their failure to take action does not equal the failure to conduct their duties.
  • YouTube is an intermediary, and the court cannot hold the platform liable.
  • The court noted that only remote danger is insufficient to order the writ of mandamus.

Final Decision

  • The court disposed of the petition at the admission stage.