"This action of asking a TV (channel) to go off one day is in the interest of the country's safety and security," Mr Naidu, who is the Information and Broadcasting minister, said this morning.
NDTV India has been told it must go off air on Wednesday as penalty for its coverage of the terror attack on the Pathankot Air Force base in January.
NDTV has refuted the claims that its Hindi channel provided sensitive information during the terror attack and has said its broadcast offered no details that were not reported by other channels and newspapers. "After the dark days of the emergency when the press was fettered, it is extraordinary that NDTV is being proceeded against in this manner," NDTV said, adding that it is considering all its options.
An array of the country's top editors and press groups ranging from the Editors Guild of India to the Broadcast Editors Association have said the government must withdraw the ban which amounts to "harsh censorship" and a blatant violation of the freedom guaranteed to the press by the constitution.
But Mr Naidu said that the "belated criticism of the action proposed to be taken against NDTV India for violating the norms of live coverage of anti-terrorist operations by security personnel in Pathankot in January this year is clearly ill informed and politically inspired."
This is the first time that a channel has been banned in the interest of national security for violating the cable TV act.