Tuesday July 29 2008 00:32 IST
Express News Service
CHENNAI: Why did you stop releasing advertisements all of a sudden to the Tamil newspapers Dinakaran, Tamil Murasu and Tamil Osai, the Madras High Court has asked the government.
When the writ petitions from the newspapers came up for hearing on Monday, Justice A Kulsekaran raised the above question.
It was well known that the advertisements had been stopped to these papers, the judge said and directed the counsel to obtain instructions from the government and to inform the court on August 5.
Earlier, in its counter-affidavit, the director of Information & Public Relations submitted that no newspapers could claim any right for release of government advertisements.
Petitioners were not entitled under any law to seek or compel the government to issue ads. There was no malice or arbitrariness on the part of the government, the counter said.
It added that the ads were being released to the papers in question keeping in view of the government's advertisement policy and the availability of funds. There was no discrimination against the petitioners.
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