A civil court in Mumbai has ordered a temporary ban on access to an online mobile game named ‘Selman Bhoi’, which is reportedly based on a hit-and-run incident. Bollywood actor Salman Khan. Civil court judge KM Jaiswal passed the order on Monday and a copy of it was made available on Tuesday.
The court restrained the makers of the game, Parody Studios Pvt Ltd and its directors, from disseminating, launching, re-launching and re-creating any other material related to the game or the actors.
The court also directed the makers to immediately remove/block/disable the game from Google Play Store and all other platforms. “On perusal of the game and its images, it prima facie matched the identity of the plaintiff (Khan) and the hit-and-run case involving the plaintiff,” the court said.
It further stated that Khan had never given his consent for the game.
The order said, “When the plaintiff has not given his consent for the development of the game, which is tantamount to his identity and the case against him, he is certainly being deprived of his right to privacy and his image is also being tarnished.” is happening.”
The court said the game developers used Khan’s identity and popularity for commercial gain.
Khan filed an application in court last month against the developers of the game, claiming that the names and images displayed in the game appeared to be his caricature versions.
The application claimed that the game ‘Salman Bhoi’ is phonetically similar to the popular name ‘Salman Bhai’ among Khan’s fans.
The actor’s application, filed through law firm DSK Legal, said, “Game developers intentionally obtained commercial advantage by exploiting our client’s personality rights without our client’s consent.”
The court directed the developers to file their affidavits on Khan’s plea and posted the matter for further hearing on September 20.
In 2015, the Bombay High Court acquitted Salman Khan of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case.