NDTV moved the Supreme court on Monday to challenge the government's one-day ban of its Hindi channel. NDTV India has been ordered off-air on Wednesday by the government which has accused it of broadcasting sensitive details of January's terror attack on the air force base in Pathankot.
NDTV has refuted the charges and pointed out that other channels and newspapers reported the same information.
There has been widespread criticism of the ban on social media and it has been condemned by journalists and editors too with all press councils comparing it to the Emergency of the 1970s when basic constitutional rights including the freedom of the press were blatantly violated.
The Editors' Guild of India said the order was unprecedented and that the centre appears to have given itself the power "to intervene in the functioning of the media and take arbitrary punitive action as and when it does not agree with the coverage."
On government's part, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said over the weekend that it was "in the interest of the country's security" and that the barrage of criticism confronted by the government appears "politically inspired."