The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre to clarify its stand on a public interest litigation petition alleging racist overtones in an advertisement aired on Neo Sports. The ad, showing India as an inhospitable host, was aired during the India-West Indies and India-Sri Lanka ODI matches.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna asked the Centre's counsel to take instructions from the government with regard to the ad. It also asked the Nimbus counsel to be present on the next date of hearing, February 21.
The court's direction came on a PIL filed by one T K A Padmanabhan, seeking direction to restraint on Nimbus from telecasting the advertisement. Seeking imposition of damages on Nimbus, BCCI and the Centre for not taking steps to stop airing of such advertisements, the PIL said the government has failed to protect Indian pride and sentiment.
Neo Sports is the TV channel of private broadcaster Nimbus Communications.
Recently, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued show-cause notice to Nimbus on the advertisement.