TRADERS hail Bombay HC’s order on miraculous & supernatural items

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The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has welcomed the  Bombay High Court ‘s judgement  on    banning promotion  of products claiming to be miraculous or supernatural powers on  television as illegal . The judgement is revolutionary and will protect the people from false and misleading claims, said CAIT National President  B C Bhartia & Secretary General  Praveen Khandelwal in a joint statement. Reacting  to  the judgement,  they said that this should be made as a part of the policy by the Central Government. The  CAIT will take up this matter with Minister for Information & Broadcasting   Prakash Javadekar and will ask for a Government policy relating to such unfounded claims to cheat the people. The judgement states that Section 3 of the Black Magic Act restricts propagation and promotion of such practices and magic. Under section 3 (2) of the Act, abetment to  such activities is also an offence. “Thus, TV Channels which telecast advertisements relating to promotion of miraculous and superstitious material also become liable under Section 3 of the Black Magic Act. The High Court has also directed Maharashtra Government to create a Special Cell to stop such Advertisements if they are aired on any Channel and also to ensure that no such advertisements are telecast.  The  CAIT will urge upon I&B Minister to create such cell at the central level also to ensure that such advertisements should not be aired and not only the TV Channels but the person or persons  who is promoting such material may also be prosecuted under the relevant law. Picture courtesy -The Indian Express

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