AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh High Court asked what was wrong with the state government’s order allowing the sale of cinema tickets online through the Andhra Pradesh Film Development Corporation. A divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and Justice N Jayasurya, hearing a motion filed by the Multiplex Association of India challenging Government Order (GO) 142 issued on December 17, observed that selling movie tickets online does not violate anyone’s fundamental principles. rights and it actually prevents tax evasion.
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. The lawyer said such a system would lead to a government monopoly, to which the judiciary said the government would do what it had to do. He also rejected the argument that such a system violates the rights of exhibitors/cinema exhibitors.
The lawyer further argued that not everyone can access the online facilities, the bench said that in present times everything is online including the lawyer’s argument himself. same. He refused the request for a minor adjournment. Sending notices to the Principal Secretary (Interior), Legal Secretary and APFDC, the High Court ordered the government to file a detailed affidavit, the hearing was adjourned 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 and has adjourned the matter. (Inputs from the TNIE)
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