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Fate of Sun TV Network hangs in the balance

NEW DELHI: The fate of Sun TV Network still hangs in the balance. While the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting held meetings with the law secretary and officials in the law ministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) kept a distance.

At the centre of the debate is the definition of economic security and whether it holds ground in denying security clearance to the 33 Sun TV channels. The MHA has denied Sun TV the security clearance and the MHA officials have still not started the consultation process with the law ministry.

That the MIB and the MHA are not in common agreement is obvious. The matter could now be referred to Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi even as Sun TV promoter Kalanithi Maran is set to be in Delhi this week to meet top officials from both home ministry and MIB and press his case for a security clearance, the Economic Times reported.

The MIB expects the MHA to come around if the AG’s opinion is in Sun TV’s favour but ET quoted MHA officials as saying that they are wary of an Hindalco case redux. MHA officials say a review at their level on MIB’s insistence or Sun TV promoter Kalanithi Maran’s letter for the same may mean a “lurking danger” of CBI questioning at some stage why the decision was changed, the ET report said.

Sun TV has indicated that it will move Madras High Court if its licence stands cancelled on account of denial of security clearance. While the MHA is concerned about the legal side of the case, it is reluctant to change its stand.

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