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MIB seeks ‘clinching evidence’ on denial of security clearance to Sun TV

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has communicated to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) that it would require “clinching evidence” that would go to prove that the operations of the Sun TV channels would harm national security.

The ministry has sought details so that it can justify its action if the matter reaches court. Sun TV will definitely move court if the MIB cancels its licence due to denial of security clearance by the MHA.

The MHA had given a very vague reply to the MIB when the latter had sought details about reasons for denial of security nod to the TV network.

Earlier, the MIB officials had said that the ministry will hold more consultations with the MHA before taking a final call on the matter.

This came in the wake of media reports that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has leaned in favour of MHA in the Sun TV case.

The MHA had denied security clearance to TV as well as FM radio stations contending that there are serious criminal investigations pending against Sun TV promoters.

The MHA has stuck to its guns despite requests by the MIB to review its decision.