In a relief for Red FM, the Delhi High Court on 26 July allowed the government's July 15 decision denying security clearance to the radio channel as well as rejecting its application for permission to participate in stage three of FM auctions.
A bench of justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva also allowed Digital Radio Broadcasting Ltd, which runs Red FM and is associated with Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV, to participate in the e-auction scheduled to begin from 27 July.
"The petitioners (Digital Radio Broadcasting Ltd of Delhi and Mumbai) shall be entitled to participate in the e-auction subject to fulfillment of the other conditions," the bench said.
The court issued the order in a special sitting held, with reasons to come later, as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) had expressed its inability to defer the auctions even by an hour.
The ministry had also told the court that they need 12 hours to configure the software to be used for the auction process.