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In a public-interest litigation (PIL), social activist Nutan Thakur had sought the quashing of the advisory.


The petition said the ministry issued the advisory threatening penal provision in Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, because many news channels compared Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi over their Independence Day speeches.


The ministry had found the comparison “indecent” and “bad in taste”.


Calling the advisory merely a dictatorial step to curb the independence of the media, Thakur had prayed for its immediate quashing in larger public interest.


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