The Union Information and Broadcasting ministry has issued show-cause notices to three TV channels —ABP News, NDTV 24×7 and Aaj Tak—for showing content which showed disrespect to the President of India and the judiciary in showing content which urged for mercy for 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, according to a report in the Indian Express.
"The content includes phone-in interviews of Chhota Shakeel on Aaj Tak and ABP News in which he claimed Yakub Memon was innocent and said that four mercy petitions were dismissed in a single day. He also alleged that justice had not been done and that he did not believe the court. NDTV 24×7 had aired an interview of Yakub Memon’s lawyer who spoke about how many countries have done away with the death penalty," the report said.
The report mentions that the show-cause notices issued to the three channels cites the breach of three sections of the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994.
Memon was hanged on July 30 and his execution brought up the debate surrounding the death penalty again.
Earlier this year Al Jazeera was taken off airfor five days for showing an incorrect Map of India.