NDTV blackout- No urgency, we will hear it on Dec 5 says SC
New Delhi, Nov 8: The Supreme Court today adjourned hearing a petition challenging the 1 day blackout on NDTV India. The court observed that there is no urgency in hearing the matter since the ban had been put on hold by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Monday.
When the matter came up for hearing, the judges observed that they had read in the papers that the ban had been put on hold. The matter will now be taken up on December 5 for hearing.
A one day ban was slapped on NDTV India after it was found that its coverage of the Pathankot attack had alleged compromised national security. The move was met with outrage with several persons condemning the actions of the government.
On Monday, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Venkaiah Naidu had justified the ban stating that it was to do with national security. He even went on to say that those questioning the ban should understand that national security was compromised as a result of which such action had been taken.
However by Monday evening the ban was put on hold and sources had said that the ministry wants a re-look into the issue since the channels objections had not been considered.