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Tamannaah Bhatia Summoned By Cyber Cell In 'Illegal' IPL Streaming App Case

Tamannaah Bhatia has been summoned by the Maharashtra Cyber department in connection with the illegal streaming of the 2023 IPL on the Fairplay app, linked to Mahadev online gaming and betting. Known for her roles in 'Baahubali', she is scheduled to appear on April 29. Rapper Badshah was previously questioned in the case.
10:46 AM Apr 25, 2024 IST | Saurav Gupta
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Actress Tamannaah Bhatia has been summoned by the Maharashtra Cyber department regarding her involvement in a case related to the unauthorized streaming of the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The streaming allegedly occurred on the Fairplay app, which is a subsidiary of the Mahadev online gaming and betting application.

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Tamannaah, widely recognized for her roles in popular films like 'Baahubali', has been scheduled to appear before the Cyber department on April 29. Her summoning comes as part of the ongoing investigation into the illegal broadcasting of IPL matches via the Fairplay app.

Prior to Tamannaah's summons, rapper and singer Badshah was questioned in connection with the same case. Additionally, actor Sanjay Dutt was also summoned earlier this week. However, Dutt has reportedly requested additional time before appearing before the department.

The controversy began when it was discovered that various celebrities had promoted the Fairplay app for streaming IPL matches, despite the app lacking official broadcasting rights. This promotion reportedly led to significant losses for the official IPL broadcasters.

Last September, an FIR was registered following a complaint by Viacom18, which holds the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for streaming IPL matches. Viacom18 alleged losses exceeding Rs 100 crore due to the illegal streaming on Fairplay.

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As a result of the FIR, several stars, including rapper and singer Badshah, actor Sanjay Dutt, and actress Jacqueline Fernandez, among others, were called in for questioning by the authorities. Additionally, in December 2023, an employee of the betting app was arrested in connection with the case.

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