The I&B Ministry has issued a show-cause notice to a Gujarati news channel, GSTV, for airing content against Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a media report. The notice alleged that the content “sullied” the image of a leader holding an “esteemed office” and potentially incites violence, said the report. The program was titled ‘Gandhi Hatya Koni Jawabdari’ (Who is responsible for Gandhi’s death?). The program was also against the glorification of Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse.
The program in no way mentioned the PM’s name but referred a leader who had initiated the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The program further questioned whether he believed in Gandhian ideology throughout or was just preaching to earn respect. The show said Gandhiji always lived a simple life, whereas he wears suits worth Rs.9 lakh and moves in expensive cars.
The notice by the MIB stated that while the channel has every right to question the conduct of a political leader, the way it has criticised him in this particular news item seems a deliberate attempt to malign his reputation which is repugnant to the esteemed office he holds.
The channel aired the 30-minute programme on January 30, Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. The ministry is currently reviewing the response sent by the channel and has not taken a decision yet said the media report.