Indian songs as ringtones are ban in Bangladesh.
The court ordered ‘abstention’ from the usage of songs and tunes from Hindi films, Indian Bangla motion pictures and films from any other nation in the Indian subcontinent as Value Added Services (VAS) of the cell-cellphone operators.
The bench of justices Farah Mahbub and Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo issued the order with a rule after listening to a writ petition on Thursday.
Petitioner’s lawyer Mehedi Hasan Chowdhury mentioned the court issued the rule asking why using these songs and tunes as VAS supplied by the operators shouldn’t be declared unlawful.
Secretaries to tradition, information, home and law ministries, BTRC chairman and all operators in the country were asked to answer within 4 weeks, he mentioned.
Music Industries Owners Association President AKM Arifur Rahman and General Secretary SK Shahed Ali filed the petition last month.
After Thursday’s order, lawyer Chowdhury mentioned, “Import policy bars the import of Indian or sub-continental movies to Bangladesh. That is why songs of those (movies) can’t be used as welcome tune or ringtone.”
Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder represented the state in the court.
This was originally reported by BDNews24.com, which is a Bangladesh based news portal.