HYDERABAD: The state government on Monday filed writ appeals in the High Court seeking vacation the stay of its order stopping ads to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s Sakshi TV and newspaper.
The two separate appeals -- one relating to Sakshi TV owner Indira Television, and the other to Sakshi newspaper publisher Jagati Publications -- are likely to be heard by the court bench on May 23.
The ad stop order (GO 2097, May 9, 2012) was stayed by vacation judge B Seshasayana Reddy on May 17. In its petitions, the government, represented by the principal secretary (GAD) and the commissioner of information and public relations, argued that the single judge ought not to have granted the interim direction ex parte. Besides, he ought to have noticed that the GO was issued in the public interest as the companies concerned are facing criminal charges.
The money that was invested in the companies was a quid pro quo device for benefits rendered to third parties. Government argued its order does not interfere with fundamental right of the companies.