Delhi HC stays MIB’s order to cancel license of Alliance Broadcasting after Intelligence Bureau inputs

The Delhi High Court granted interim stay on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s order as per which it had withdrawn the permission given to a news and current affairs TV channel to operate stating that it lacked security clearance

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: May 30, 2018 11:39 AM

The Delhi High Court has granted interim stay on the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s order as per which it had withdrawn the permission given to a news and current affairs TV channel to operate stating that it lacked security clearance.

The stay order came after Alliance Broadcasting Pvt Ltd filed a plea challenging the ministry’s order dated April 23 that since the security clearance given to it earlier was withdrawn by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the permission granted for operating the channel was liable to be cancelled.
Putting stay on the MIB order, Justice Rajiv Shakdher also sought responses from the MHA and MIB and listed the matter for further hearing in June during summer vacations.
It should be noted that the ministry had also rejected the channel application for renewal of permission and refrained it further for a period of 10 years.
Ajay Digpaul, the central government standing counsel for both the ministries also informed the court the decision to withdraw the channel’s security clearance was taken after receiving inputs from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and that the allegations against the channel were serious in nature.
Alliance Broadcasting Pvt Ltd in its plea said that MIB, in January 2007, had granted permission to the channel to uplink and downlink in English and other regional languages and that the permission granted was for 10 years. The channels initial name was ‘Real Estate’ and in 2014 it was changed to ‘News7 (Tamil)’.
The broadcasting company also informed that on April 23, it was given a hearing by the joint secretary of MIB, however, on May 23 the ministry passed an order to cancel its permission and also rejected its renewal application for another 10 years.
Alliance Broadcasting Pvt Ltd has also asked Ministry of Home Affairs to disclose the reasons for which its security clearance was withdrawn.

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