[color=red] Govt to take collective decision on Sun TV issue[/color]
NEW DELHI: Even as the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) have taken divergent views on granting security clearance to Sun TV Network channels, a top government official has said that a final decision on the matter will be taken ‘collectively’.
“There may be a difference of approach, which is all right in a democracy, but the final decision on the matter would be taken collectively,” a top government official told PTI.
“There are various sides to this issue, including those related to right to freedom of expression. It is natural that with their mandates, different ministries may take a different view. But a final decision can only be taken collectively,” the official emphasised.
Earlier, the MHA had denied security clearance to Sun TV channels due to pending criminal investigations against the Marans. It has also appealed against the Madras High Court single-judge bench’s decision to grant relief to Kalanithi Maran’s Kal Cables.
Maran, on the other hand, in separate letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh has contended that his company is being singled out when others with similar criminal investigations pending against them are being granted security clearance.
Earlier, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi had said that security clearance can be granted to Sun TV channels as agencies are probing cases related to corruption and not security, and therefore the ground on which security clearance has been denied is untenable.
Following Rohtagi’s opinion, the MHA said that the decision is left to the MIB whether or not to cancel Sun TV’s licences.