Deprived of Govt ads, 'Dinakaran' moves High Court

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Chennai, Jul 10 (UNI) The Sun Network, owning popular Tamil daily ''Dinakaran'' today moved Madras High court, seeking a direction to the DMK government to release government advertisements to it, claiming that it was the largest circulated paper in the state.

Sun Network General Manager, who filed the petition, submitted that the government had stopped releasing official advertisements to the daily.

This was after the DMK high command issued a directive to party cadres not to place advertisements in the daily.

When the petition came up for hearing this morning, Mr Justice A Kulasekaran admitted the petition and ordered issue of notice to the Tamil Nadu government Director of Information and Publicity, returnable by a week.

Recently, DMK party organ ''Murasoli'' carried the directive issued by the ruling DMK, after 'Dinakaran' carried in detail, opposition AIADMK General secretary J Jayalalithaa's statement with regard to Cable tv operation in Madurai by Chief Minsiter M Karunanidhi's elder son M K Azhagiri.

The petitioner submitted that 'Dinkaran' had a circulation of 10 lakh copies, according to the Audit Breau Circulation (ABC).

But the state government was giving government advertisements to Tamil dailies which had less circulation. This was nothing but vindictive action, he submitted.

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