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No banned Pakistani channels being broadcast in India, says govt

NEW DELHI: The central government
has told the Delhi High Court that
none of the banned Pakistani TV
channels are being broadcast in India.
According to a PTI report, the central
government standing counsel Jasmeet
Singh told a bench of Chief Justice G
Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath that
the government had received some
complaints regarding beaming of non-
permitted channels by some cable
These complaints, he added, are sent
to the authorised officer in the state
governments for taking appropriate
action as per the provisions of the
Cable Act.
The High Court was hearing a PIL filed
by Nishad Sharma. In his PIL, Sharma
alleged that banned Pakistani
channels were being broadcast in the
country without requisite
The Ministry of Information &
Broadcasting (MIB) termed the PIL as
devoid of merit. It also contended
that the petitioner is incorrect to
base his contention purely on the
assumption that because he could view
the allegedly banned channels as being
broadcasted by Dish TV, that all other
direct-to-home (DTH) operators are
also broadcasting the same.
MIB also said that no such complaints
have been received by the Ministry of
Home Affairs (MHA) with respect to
any other DTH operator.
The Delhi High Court had in January
asked the Indian government to
explain the steps it has taken to
prevent banned Pakistani channels
from airing in the country.
The bench of Chief Justice G Rohini
and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw had
directed Additional Solicitor General
Sanjay Jain to file an affidavit on the
In his plea, Sharma had mentioned the
names of 16 channels, including PTV
Home, Hum TV, Express
Entertainment, BBSZ, Film Azia,
Express News, Ariana TV and Khyber
TV that were being broadcast without
The court had earlier asked MIB and
MHA to explain how it was regulating
these channels.

No banned Pakistani channels being broadcast in India, says govt

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