FM Licence: Supreme Court to hear plea for security clearance norms to firms

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had filed a PIL for framing a national security clearance policy, laying down guidelines for disqualification of firms facing serious charges of economic offences.

New Delhi | Published:November 29, 2016 4:19 am

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s PIL for framing a national security clearance policy, laying down guidelines for disqualification of firms facing serious charges of economic offences.

A bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur issued a notice to the Centre on Swamy’s petition that has also challenged the grant of security clearance and consequent Phase-III licence to Sun TV-owned Red FM India.

The Rajya Sabha MP pointed out contrary opinions rendered by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Attorney General regarding the security clearance to Sun TV, controlled by former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran.

“The MHA denied Sun TV a clearance… on ground of national security, but the AG said denial on the ground of their prosecution under economic offences would be unconstitutional. Air waves is definitely a matter relating to national security,” Swamy said. ENS