Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he will not be appearing for TikTok in the court
Mukul Rohatgi has also expressed his unwillingness to represent TikTok or any Chinese app in court against the Central government
After former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, Congress leader and senior lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi has denied appearing for TikTok in the court. "I will not be appearing for TikTok. I had appeared for them in a case one year ago and won in Supreme Court. I do not intend to appear in this one," Singhvi said.
Two days after 59 Chinese apps were banned in India, Mukul Rohatgi on Wednesday expressed his unwillingness to represent TikTok or any Chinese app in court against the Central government.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Aman Singh also took to Twitter and said, "I was also requested through a junior lawyer to appear for TikTok which I have FLATLY REFUSED."
TikTok, one of the 59 apps banned by the Central government, had on Tuesday said that it complies with all data privacy and security requirements under the Indian law and has not shared any information of its users in India with any foreign government, including China.
"Further, if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity. TikTok has democratized the internet by making it available in 14 Indian languages, with hundreds of millions of users, artists, story-tellers, educators and performers depending on it for their livelihood, many of whom are first-time internet users," the video-sharing app said in a statement.
The Central government had on Monday banned 59 Chinese apps, including Tik Tok and UC Browser, saying that they are "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence" of the country.
The decision comes amid border tensions with China in Eastern Ladakh.