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India court issues notice to Pokemon Go developer

The PIL claims the game hurts religious sentiments by showing eggs in places of worship of different religious groups. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Gujarat, India Sep 14, 2016, 07.33 PM (IST)
An Indian High Court today issued notice to the central and state governments, and the US-based software company Niantics Inc on a (Public Interest Litigation) PIL seeking a ban on Pokemon Go in the country for “posing danger to public safety”.

The PIL, filed by Anil Dave, claims the game hurts religious sentiments by showing eggs in places of worship of different religious groups.

In response to the PIL, a bench of Chief Justice R S Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi, issued notices on last Wednesday.

Dave, a practicing advocate, has asked for a ban on the game.

A fresh PIL, filed by Sanjay Chaudhari, states that while countries like Iran, Vietnam, and some in the African continent have completely banned the game, in countries like Australia, Japan, US and Russia police have been asked to take stern action against those violating the law while playing the location based augmented reality game.

Chaudhari pleaded to the High Court to issue directions to the central government to either clamp a blanket ban on downloading the game or allow it to be played only in public parks.

"In India also, cases of accident have been reported in Mumbai and Vadodara because of playing the game," the PIL said, adding that a museum in Vadodara has even put up a notice prohibiting entry to Pokemon Go players. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)
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