Calcutta, Jan. 11: Calcutta High Court today fixed February 1 as the date for hearing a PIL challenging the Mamata Banerjee government’s order that directed state-sponsored libraries not to keep certain newspapers.
“Before hearing the PIL, the court will have to know about the policy of selecting newspapers. So we need time. The court will hear the matter on February 1,” Chief Justice A. K. Mishra said today.
The government had directed librarians to keep out dailies like The Telegraph and Ananda Bazar Patrika.
Moving the PIL, lawyer Subrata Mukhopadhyay today said: “It is contrary to the provisions laid down in the Indian constitution.”Some chit fund owners are bringing out newspapers with government’s backing. As these newspapers are working as the spokesman of the government, there names have been included in the list.”