MIB Cancels Four TV Channel Licences of STV Enterprises

MIB Cancels Four TV Channel Licences of STV Enterprises

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has cancelled the four uplinking/downlinking licences of STV Enterprises. The licences have been cancelled since the company doesn’t require them.

The four cancelled licences include Punjab Today, STV Haryana News, STV Jammu Kashmir News, and STV UP News.

STV Enterprises was incorporated on 21st March 1995. Its Directors include Navneet Kumar, Jwala Prasad Agarwal, and Tej Parkash Bansal. The company’s authorised share capital and paid-up capital is Rs. 12.5 crore.

It is pertinent to note that the company’s licences were earlier cancelled by the ministry in 2016 due to denial of security clearance by the ministry of home affairs (MHA).

The company challenged the MIB order in Delhi High Court which overturned the cancellation. Three of the company’s four licences had also expired in 2017.

In 2017, the company had filed a petition challenging the MIB’s cancellation order dated 21st July 2016 as well as the show cause notice dated 11th December 2015.

The company had argued that the denial of the security clearance is without any justifiable reasons and therefore invalid. It was further pointed out that the reason for the denial of the security clearance was not disclosed to the petitioner.

Without going into the merits of the disputes, Justice Vibhu Bakhru had noted that the broadcaster would not get any relief even if succeeded in its challenge to the cancellation order.

This is so because in any event the licence would stand expired on 7th June 2017, and it is pointed out that the security clearance (the denial of which is sought to be impugned in the present petition) was co-terminus with the licence.

The licence having expired, the broadcaster had to apply for renewal or apply afresh for the licence in terms of the policy in vogue. In either event, the MIB and the MHA would have to consider the same in accordance with law.

“In the aforesaid circumstances, this Court is of the view that it would be apposite to dispose of the petition by permitting the petitioner to apply as per the policy. In the event such application is made, the respondents are directed to consider the same afresh uninfluenced by the decision rendered earlier and in accordance with law,” the HC had said in its order.

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