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Govt to take legal recourse in IHT case

08-June-2004
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Govt to take legal recourse in IHT case

The government has decided to take the legal route in the International Herald Tribune (IHT) case.

According to a representative of the information and broadcasting ministry, the government is ready to file a caveat in the Andhra Pradesh and Delhi high courts. This move would ensure that the government view is considered in case the printer of International Herald Tribune in India, Midram Publications, seeks a court stay.

It is likely that the government would file the caveat on Tuesday, sources added.

Although the government is busy consulting lawyers in the case of reprinting of IHT, industry insiders are pointing at the absence of legal teeth in the I&B guidelines on syndication. The government had asked the publisher of IHT in India to stop printing the newspaper last week, saying that it was a “complete violation of policy guidelines”.

In addition to the violation of syndication guidelines, IHT India was flouting a Cabinet decision of 1955, which states that a foreign newspaper cannot be reprinted in India, according to I&B officials.

IHT India is being published from Hyderabad-based Deccan Chronicle Press.

The publisher secured a no-objection certificate from IHT and its parent company New York Times. Also, the Registrar of Newspapers of India (RNI) granted the IHT title to Midram Publications in April.

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