PIL for banning production of vulgar songs in Bhojpuri Language.
A WRIT Petition was filed before Hon’ble High Court of Judicature of Patna bearing C.W.J.C. No.16830 of 2019 under the title “Avinash Kumar v. State of Bihar & Ors.” The said matter was filed against Government Authorities regarding indiscriminate, unabated and rampant manufacturing, shooting and displaying /playing of audio-visual musical albums, clips and other items in public places, recorded in obscene, lewd and depraving Bhojpuri language/ dialect eating into the core cultural values of the society of Bihar, Particularly the Bhojpuri speaking people within the State of Bihar as also outside. On 27.08.2019. the said matter was listed before CORAM: Hon’ble Mr. Justice Shivaji Pandey and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Partha Sarthy for hearing, where the Hon’ble Court has issued order for the Petitioner to approach the District Magistrate, Patna as well as Senior Superintendent of Police, Patna, and both of them will take suitable joint action so that this menace can be controlled and there should not be displaying of vulgar videos in the public centric place or public carriers as well as vulgar songs should not be played in public place and in public carriers. If the Petitioner approaches the aforesaid authorities, it is expected from the District Administration that they would come with suitable action plan without any unnecessary delay.
Petitioner Avinash Kumar has approached the DM & SSP of Patna and has also given the same representation with the copy of order to The Chief Secretary of Bihar, DGP of Bihar in Person.
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