Could that group afford to censure the actor for the comment he made and evidently didn't bother to apologise later? Yes. Did it do so? No. Rather, it went ahead and devoted two pages to the interview with a huge picture of the actor when they could have chosen to not publish the interview in protest. That would send out a message.
With the Times group making preparations to enter the Bengali print media, the sole king of the arena Anandabazar Patrika group kept an ace up its sleeve ready -- Ebela.