Although the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was likely to go with the opinion made by the Law Ministry backed by Attorney General, Mukul Rohtagi as reported on 27th June, now the MHA has finally decided to deny security clearance to Sun TV Network.
The issue was shifting from different ministries but MHA has clarified that there will be no security clearance to the network. According to media report, the ministry cited the reason, “Several rules had been violated by the owners.”
Media reports also suggests that senior home ministry officials have said that the stand is clear on Sun TV case and there is no provision under the law for issuing security clearance to the channel and it also doesn’t matter if different opinions were being held.
Taking a lesson from the Sun TV issue the government has also decided to change some norms for granting license to the television operators. In order to get license from the government the channel needs to give a self declaration saying that there are no cases such as criminal, money laundering, links with terror groups, and major financial fraud cases pending against them.
On the other hand, as the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has leaned in favour of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in the Sun TV case, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) will hold more consultation with the MHA before taking a final call on the matter.