Thursday, 10 July , 2008, 23:07
Chennai: The row between the DMK and the Maran brothers reached the portals of the Madras High Court on Thursday with Marans-owned Dinakaran filing a petition seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to release government advertisements to the Tamil daily.
When the petition filed by the newspaper publisher came up for hearing, Justice A Kulasekharan ordered notice to the government.
The petitioner alleged that "a blatantly illegal attempt to threaten the very existence of a newspaper is being made by the state government by denying any form of advertisements from its side."
The petitioner contended that government advertisements formed substantial part of the revenue in any newspaper.
Any attempt to choke the advertisements to a particular newspaper would drastically affect its financial viability and would be direct attack on the freedom of speech and expression and freedom of the press, the petitioner said.
"A news item which appeared on June 25 seems to have angered and irritated the ruling party as it felt that the daily was giving undue prominence to a statement made by the Leader of the Opposition," petitioner said.
The DMK high command had recently told its cadre not to release advertisements to the daily as it gave "prominence to the statements of AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa."
The daily was purchased by Maran brothers -- former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanidhi Maran -- from K Kumaran, son of former DMK Minister Late K P Kandaswamy.
The Marans are the grandnephews of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
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