Provide “clinching evidence” that can prove allowing Sun TV network’s operation would impinge upon national security, reported the media on July 11. This is not Marans demanding from the Home Ministry. But this is the Information and Broadcasting Ministry asking the Home Ministry. The issue has ceased to be Maran versus the Home Ministry anymore. It is now I&B Ministry versus the Home Ministry. Marans no more need to argue their case. The I&B Ministry seems to have taken their Vakalat.
This interesting duel became public last month with a report in a Maran-friendly media, on June 20, 2015 that, in a shot in the arm for the Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV network, Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi has said the refusal by the Ministry of Home Affairs to grant security licence to the media group is “not legal”. The I&B Ministry sought and got the AG’s opinion, which it seemed to be looking for. The AG had signed the opinion on June 18. It means the media got it within 24 hours, on 19th, for it to print on 20th. Maybe the opinion had reached the media before the Home Ministry got it. A week later, on June 28, media reported that the Home Ministry, unfazed, rejected the AG’s opinion and stood its ground that Sun TV network did not deserve security clearance............Read more
Source web page: The New Indian Express