SC seeks Andhra Pradesh govt's response on plea of publishers of 'Eenadu' newspaper

Updated: Mar 29 2023 7:23PM

New Delhi, Mar 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court sought the response of the Andhra Pradesh government and others on Wednesday on a plea moved by a firm that publishes the leading Telugu daily "Eenadu", challenging a government order (GO) "aimed" at increasing the sales of the "Sakshi" newspaper, which is published by another company allegedly owned by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

A bench comprising Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and JB Pardiwala took note of the submissions made by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared in the matter on behalf of Ushodaya Publications, which owns "Eenadu", that the GO violated the fundamental rights to equality and freedom of speech and expression.

The firm, which has moved the appeal against an Andhra Pradesh High Court order that refused to stay the impugned GO, alleged that allowances are being given to village and ward volunteers in the southern state to buy "Sakshi".