Reply to plea on ban on clippings called for

MADURAI: The Secretary to the Department of Information and Broadcasting was directed by the Madurai Bench of the High Court to file his reply to a plea seeking a ban on clippings of Swami Nithyananda in a compromising position with an actress.

S Durairaj of Ayyar Bungalow, Madurai an advocate in his petition before the Bench had said that Sun TV Network had telecast clippings of Nithayanda in the company of an actress in an obscene manner. The Cable TV Act of 1995, banned the presentation of women in an obscene manner. The network had also violated the rules of 1956 which safeguard the dignity of women.

Even the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu had condemned this practice.

The petitioner said that the Union Secretary for Information and Broadcasting and the Home Secretary should take action to ban the telecasts forthwith. He had also sought a directive to the Sun Network not to telecast these clippings.

When the petitions came up for hearing before a Division Bench comprising Justices F M Ibrahim Khalifulla and K P K Vasuki, counsel on behalf of the Sun TV network assured the Bench that the network would not telecast the sequences.


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