The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ordered a stay on the ban imposed by the I&B Ministry on Red FM, whereby the radio station will continue to be aired at least till the next hearing on November 13, 2007. The TDSAT will have to rely on the Indian Penal Code to determine whether the remarks on ‘Indian Idol’ winner Prashant Tamang made by an RJ of Red FM were derogatory or not, since there are no existing guidelines.
Upon hearing the argument of the I&B Ministry, TDSAT said that the stay on the ban of the radio station would continue till the next hearing.
The Government had passed an order last week banning the channel for seven days stating that one of its RJs had passed a comment equating all Gurkhas as ‘darwans’ (gatekeepers and guards), a statement allegedly made by the RJ in the context of Tamang, who is a Nepali, being adjudged ‘Indian Idol’ this year.
Meanwhile, Red FM has filed an amended petition that will come up for hearing on November 13.
TDSAT allows I&B Ministry to proceed against Red FM, but orders stay on 7-day ban