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MIB to hold consultation with MHA on Sun TV issue

MUMBAI: Even as the Prime Minister’s
Office (PMO) has leaned in favour of
the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in
the Sun TV case, the Ministry of
Information & Broadcasting (MIB) will
hold more consultation with the MHA
before taking a final call on the
It was widely anticipated that I&B
minister Arun Jaitley, who has
returned from his visit abroad, would
take a decision on the issue.
This means that the sword of
uncertainty continues to hang over
Sun TV, which has been denied
security clearance by the MHA despite
requests from the MIB to review the
The MHA has contended that there are
serious criminal investigations
pending against Sun TV promoters due
to which security clearance cannot be
granted to Sun TV channels and FM
radio stations. The MHA has also
appealed against the decision of a
single-judge bench of the Madras High
Court 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 the AG’s opinion, the MHA
said that the decision is left to the
MIB whether or not to cancel Sun TV’s

MIB to hold consultation with MHA on Sun TV issue

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  1. If thee deny security clearance then we may loose a DTH operator including Sun Network channels…

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