Live India has been banned for a month following the alleged fake sting operation against a Delhi government school teacher. The channel went off air from midnight of September 20. The decision to ban the channel was taken after an inter-ministerial committee found Live India guilty of violating programme code under cable television laws.
It may be recalled that the channel was issued a show cause notice on the charge of violation of programme and advertising code prescribed under the Cable Television Network Act. Live India had submitted a detailed reply to the notice stating that the reporter had misled the channel regarding the sting operation.
The I&B Ministry order stated, “The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited the transmission/re-transmission of satellite channel ‘Janmat’ (assumed name Live India) on all platforms throughout the country. The ban effective from today will be up to 20.10.2007. The prohibition has been imposed in terms of the Sub-Section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995.”
In its written submission to the Ministry dated September 14, Janmat TV had submitted that the alleged sting operation was not conducted by them or with their knowledge or involvement in any manner, and that a reported by the name of Prakash Singh had shot the footage while being employed with another TV channel.
Live India is the first news channel to be banned in India. Earlier, the I&B Ministry had banned AXN and FTV for vulgar content.