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Swamy urges Centre to appeal HC ruling allowing Sun TV entry to radio auction

MUMBAI: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh urging the Centre to appeal against a recent Madras High Court judgment allowing the Sun TV Group to participate in the FM radio auction, a PTI report said.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy“I believe that (the Madras High Court) judgment and order dated 14 June 2016 is not just a complete wrong reading of the clauses or provisions, but also a dangerous interpretation, since this judgment could become a precedent for others to rely,” Swamy wrote in his letter.

Swamy’s latest move comes after the Madras High Court recently set aside the MHA’s earlier denial of security clearance to the Sun Group on the basis of which the MIB barred it from participating in the Phase III auction process of FM radio.

Incidentally, the Sun Group was denied security clearance on the ground that its promoters were involved in the Aircel-Maxis case (linked to 2G spectrum allocation), besides money laundering charges and an alleged illegal telephone exchange case (in which former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother and Sun Group owner Kalanithi Maran are the accused).

In his letter, Swamy has said that the central government should file an appeal before the division bench of the Madras High Court.

“The Madras High Court has erroneously held that since the Maran brothers are not convicted and cases against them are still pending, they do not disqualify as per the eligibility clauses,” Swamy’s letter dated 27 June stated.

Swamy also stated that the Madras High Court had ‘exceeded its jurisdiction’ to a field which was ‘a field of expertise’. He stated that the court is doing the job of an expert, which is a specialised job strictly within the expertise and domain of the Ministry of Home Affairs only.