Shiv Sena affiliated Shivcable Sena has written to cable television operators in Maharashtra to stop airing channels of Republic Media Network, as its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has “insulted Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and is violating the Constitution by running a parallel court on the channel”.
The letter, sent to all major cable television operators on Thursday, warned that “if they don’t stop airing the channels immediately, they will have to face protests”. The letter is signed by Sena MLA Sunil Raut, brother of party MP Sanjay Raut, and Vinay Patil, general secretary of Shivcable Sena. Raut and Transport Minister Anil Parab are the “pramukh margdarshaks” (chief advisors) of the union.
“The CM is a constitutional post and its disrespect would not be tolerated. Thackeray has asked us not to take the law into our hand. But in this case, the law is on our side,” said Patil.
The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to intervene or pass any orders on plea by ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd, which runs Republic TV, that sought relief of not stopping broadcast of its news channels citing alleged communication by Shiv Cable Sena to various cable networks.
The court disposed of the plea and said the Republic TV could exercise remedy to raise grievances before Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) and can approach law enforcement agencies in respect of alleged threats by the ‘private entity,’ which is not a ‘statutory authority’.