A Mumbai court has remanded Satish Venkateswaralu, who was arrested from Telangana’s capital Hyderabad on Monday, in police custody for seven days. First, Viacom18 Media and some other broadcasters complained to the Maharashtra Cyber Cell that the Thap TV app was streaming their content on their platform without their permission. The plaintiff said that due to this illegal operation of the application, he had to incur huge loss in revenue.
Following the law, the Maharashtra Cyber Cell has virtually stepped in and arrested Satish Venkateshwarlu, a 26-year-old engineer from Hyderabad who developed and run the app. Cases have been filed under sections 43, 66, 66 and B 66B of the IT Act 2000, as well as sections 633 of the Copyright Act and sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
The Thap TV app is about 2 years old. It wasn’t available on Google Play, but had to be sidelined via an APK available online. This was a completely illegal application, as it showed content from Netflix, Prime Video, Disney + Hotstar, Voot and many other OTT platforms on unfettered platforms without the broadcaster’s permission.