Taking a serious note of two channels showing Mahatma Gandhi doing vault dance, Information and Broadcasting minister PR Dasmunsi has sought a profound public apology from the channels during prime time. Or else, the government would initiate action against the channels, he said on Friday.
On Thursday, the channels -- IBN 7 and Sahara National -- had broadcast a clip from Youtube, a web portal, showing Bangalore born Gautham Prasad dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and doing nude dance. The channels had then sought people's reaction on this bizarre clip.
A day later, Munshi directed the ministry officials to send show cause notices to the channels for denigrating and assaulting the dignity of the Father of the Nation. "The notice is for violation of the programme code that has to be followed by every television channel," said a ministry official.
Officials said, as per the down-linking guidelines, the ministry can seek an apology for violation of the programme code and if that is not done, the transmission can be suspended for a limited period.
The Youtube clip had created a flutter with Bangalore born Gautham Prasad donning Gandhi's mantle and performing a nude dance. The clip had generated mixed reaction on the internet with some supporting the act and while others equating it with the cartoon controversy.
Fearing law and order problems, the government plans to block the internet access to the clip. There were huge protests all over the country after the cartoons related to Prophet Mohammad was available on internet sites.