AP HC – The New Indian Express
VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Wednesday sought to find out what was wrong with the state government’s order allowing online cinema ticket sales through the Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation.
Dealing with a motion filed by Multiplex Association of India challenging Government Order (GO) 142 issued on December 17, a divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice N Jayasurya observed that the sale of tickets from online cinema does not violate anyone’s fundamental rights. . Moreover, it prevents tax evasion.
In sending notices to the Principal (House) Secretary, the Legal Secretary and the APFDC, the Court ordered the government to file a detailed affidavit. The hearing was adjourned to February 16.
Lead counsel for the claimant’s solicitor, Dr Prakash Reddy, said he filed a claim against the online ticketing system, to which the bench sought to find out what was wrong. Prakash Reddy argued that such a system would lead to government monopoly, to which the bench said the government would do its thing. He further rejected the argument that such a system violates the rights of movie theater operators (exhibitors).
When the plaintiff’s lawyer argued that not everyone can access online, the Court said that in present times everything is online, including the argument of the lawyer himself. She refused the request for a minor adjournment and postponed the hearing to February 16.
In regards to a petition filed by Movie Goers Consumers Forum Chairman GL Naramaisha Rao challenging GO 35 fixing movie ticket prices, the bench issued notices to the state government and Suresh Productions.
Covid judgment: the court extends the provisional reprieves by one month in all cases
Vijayawada: The Andhra Pradesh High Court Divisional Bench headed by Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra on Wednesday issued orders extending the interim suspensions by one month in all cases to the date and adjourned the hearings of the case to February 21. The order applies to all such provisional suspensions. orders made by lower courts and tribunals as well. The High Court took the issue suo motu given the difficulties faced by claimants following the spike in Covid cases. Such orders were issued even during the first and second waves of the Covid pandemic.