Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has revoked registrations of 17 MSOs including Kalanithi Maran-headed, Kal Cables, which is part of Sun TV Group. The details of cancelled registrations are listed on MIB website.
The reason cited for the cancellation of Kal Cables’ provisional and permanent licenses in a government statement was, “In view of denial of security clearance by the ministry of home affairs, regular registration cannot be granted to Kal Cables Private Limited in terms of provisions contained in Rule 11C and accordingly the permanent registration granted to Kal Cables stands cancelled with immediate effect,” according to media reports.
Kal Cable is operational in Chennai area. The company had obtained permanent registration in 2012 and DAS license for Chennai in 2013.
MIB has asked the company to close shop within 15 days and inform its customers through a continuously running scroll.
Reports also state that subsequently the company has moved to Madras High Court on the grounds that it wasn’t given a show-cause notice and the reasons for failing to meet security clearance were not clarified in the notice.
Company’s affidavit that appeared in several media reports said, “There has been no change in business activities and no change in any circumstances for the Ministry of Home Affairs to refuse to grant security clearance.”
Some of the other leading multi system operators whose licensed got cancelled are from various parts of the country. The MSOs that have been denied licences are God Father Communication from Punjab, Bitto Cable Network from Nagpur, Arshad Cable Network from Jammu and Kashmir, Intermedia Cable Communication from Pune, I B Communications Network from Andhra Pradesh, Skynet Digital Services from Allahabad, N Star Media Network from Srinagar, . Supersonic Networks from Gurgaon, Tanuku Communication Network from Andhra Pradesh, Eminent Cable Networks from New Delhi, Site Entertainment Network, Kashmir, Jai Maa Vaishno Media Entertainment, UP, Digicable Comm. Services, Kolkata, Jothishankar Annamalai, Chennai, Mediasix Digital Networks from Bengaluru, Kavery Digital Networks from Tamilnadu, and Kal Cables from Chennai. All of them got their licence cancelled due to denial of security clearance from MHA.