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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday didn’t allow early hearing of an appeal filed by English entertainment channel Comedy Central, which is set to be taken off air for 6 days from 12.01am on 26 November. The court also refused to stay the case in the interim, till the special leave petition comes up for hearing.

Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd, the owner of the channel, was appealing against the decision of a two-judge bench of the Delhi high court, which had upheld an order of ban on the channel by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) on 17 May 2013 for broadcast of offensive content.

The ban was imposed by the ministry because of two shows aired during May-June 2012, including Stand Up Club, which according to the government “was not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition and children as the same depicted women as a commodity of sex and appeared to deprave, corrupt and injure the public morality and morals".

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