Pokemon Go should be banned in India claims petitioners to its high court

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We don’t want your eggs in our houses of worship or your CIA spy maps.

According to Bloomberg Quint, on Thursday a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Gujarat High Court in India to ban the wildly popular mobile-phone game Pokemon Go in that country. The story cites an an excerpt from the PIL which claims that displaying eggs in houses of worship is offensive in multiple ways, the game can be used by the CIA to create maps of places otherwise unmappable by Google and other reasons typically cited about the dangers of mobile gaming.

The game isn’t even available there yet, though people have been sideloading the Android APK obtained from other sources. This week Apple announced it would be coming to the Apple Watch.

Interestingly, the case is a family affair. Bloomberg says that the petitioner, Alay Anil Dave is the son of Supreme Court Justice Anil Dave and the lawyer arguing the case is his brother, Alay Anil Dave.

We’ve reached out to Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go for comment and to the Gujarat High Court for the text of the PIL, but did not get an immediate response.

 

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