Rohatgi refuses to represent banned TikTok in court
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Former Attorney General of India (AG) Mukul Rohatgi has refused to represent the Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok in court and challenge the ban imposed by the Centre on 59 mobile applications linked to China in the aftermath of the Galwan Valley face-off in Ladakh.
According to reports, Rohatgi had said that he will not represent a Chinese company and challenge the ban imposed on it by the Government of India amid ongoing 'tense times'.
The former senior Supreme Court lawyer further stated that he is not willing to represent TikTok in the court as he does not wish to appear for a Chinese company and argue against the government during ''such tense times.''
India had on June 29 banned the apps with Chinese links, including hugely popular TikTok and UC Browser, saying that they were "engaged in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order".
The list of apps that have been banned also includes Helo, Likee, Cam Scanner, SHAREit, WeChat, Vigo Video, Mi Video Call - Xiaomi, Clash of Kings as well as e-commerce platforms Club Factory and Shein.
However, the government has said that the ban is interim, and the concerned heads will be given an opportunity to clarify their positions.
Government agencies had noted that these apps were engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, the security of the state and public order.
Among the banned apps, TikTok has over 200 million users in India, as it had become especially popular in suburban India launching several people into overnight online fame.
They had even carefully curated a community surrounding it and catered to demands relating to personalities. E-commerce platforms like Club Factory and Shein are also widely popular in India. CamScanner and SHAREit were two other popular utility apps that people widely used for scanning documents and the rapid sharing of files, respectively.