MHA's denial to Sun TV channels:I & B ministry examining various options

New Delhi: After the denial of security clearance by the Home Ministry to 33 channels of Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV Network, the Information and Broadcasting ministry which issues licenses is examining various options.

A security clearance from the Ministry of Home Affairs is required for companies to obtain or renew a broadcasting
license. Official sources said that while the denial of security clearance could lead to cancellation of the broadcasting licenses, a show cause notice may be issued as per the principle of natural justice, with the particular party being given an opportunity to be heard first.

The I&B Ministry had earlier been informed about the decision of the Home Ministry denying security clearance to
the broadcaster, which was reportedly believed to have been influenced by pending criminal cases against Maran and his brother, former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, official sources said.

The television channels could however seek a legal recourse. The Sun TV Network is one of India's largest media group whose TV channels reach more than 95 million households in India.

The Network had applied to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for renewing its broadcasting licence for 10 years for which it needed the MHA nod.

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