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CEC wants action against slanderous ads in papers

CEC Murthy asked police to act against papers carrying slanderous ads without print line.
PTI | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 22, 2004 02:54 PM IST

The Election Commission has asked the police to take action against newspapers in case a slanderous advertisement was carried without a print line and explore possibility of registration of cases under penal laws.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) TS Krishna Murthy told reporters here this evening that if a case was made out in respect of any advertisement found to be slanderous the police has been told to take action.

He said that no ban has been imposed on any type of advertisement. "If there is any slanderous advertisement where provision of the IPC can be invoked, the police should see to it, verify and take action", he told a questioner.

Krishna Murthy earlier in the day reviewed the poll preparedness for 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, 10 in Haryana and one in Chandigarh with civil and police officials besides leaders of various political parties.

Election Commissioners BB Tandon took note of use of funds of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) for surrogate and alleged slanderous ads and said appropriate action would be taken in all complaints. He declined to go into specifics.

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