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Screening of OTT content needed, Supreme Court says during anticipatory bail hearing of Amazon Prime's commercial head

The apex court has adjourned Aparna Purohit's case till tomorrow and asked the Centre to submit the rules for new regulations.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed the need for screening content that is streamed on over-the-top platforms and asked the Centre to submit new regulations for the same, the legal website Live Law reported.

A bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan was hearing Amazon Prime's commercial head Aparna Purohit's anticipatory bail plea.  Purohit had challenged the Allahabad high court order denying her bail. The matter will be taken up again tomorrow.

A first information report had been filed against Purohit in connection with the web-series Tandav, which the complainants alleged hurt religious sentiments.

During today's hearing, the Supreme Court observed that “traditional film viewing” had now become obsolete. “Now watching movies on the internet and OTT has become common,” the court said. “We are of the view there must be some screening. In fact, some platforms even show pornography.”

Justice Bhushan then asked solicitor general Tushar Mehta to place before the bench the latest information technology regulations concerning OTT platforms.

Yesterday, Amazon Prime Video issued an official apology to its viewers for the controversy caused by Tandav. This is the third apology tendered by the streaming platform, following two earlier apologies from the makers and director Ali Abbas Zafar. 

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