Govt prohibits airing of Jeevan TV; owner says has court permission

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New Delhi, Sept 21 (UNI) The Government has prohibited airing of Jeevan TV channel, with the order having taken effect from September 11, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said here today.

The reason given for withholding the permission was that the channel was carrying News and Current Affairs programme without any licence to do so.

Reacting to the order, owner of the channel M/s. Jeevan Telecasting Corporation Ltd claimed that it had a Kerala High Court stay on the Govt order, but a senior official of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, when asked about it, told UNI that the Ministry was not in the know of any such stay order.

The Ministry release said that though owner company of the channel had applied to conform to the revised guidelines, the Home Ministry did not give security clearance to it to uplink a news and current affairs TV channel.

The company was permitted to uplink this channel from India on July 18, 2002 as per uplinking guidelines at that time. Subsequently, Government had introduced separate guidelines for permission for uplinking of news and current affairs TV channels from India, and all existing channels which were carrying news and current affairs in their programme content were asked to conform to these guidelines.

However, the Home Ministry did not clear the M/s Jeevan Telecasting Corporation's application.

In a press release today, the company claimed that the Ministry's September 11 order for withholding permission for telecast of the channel had been stayed by the Kerala High Court on September 17.

The order had been stayed for two months and the company was permitted to continue the up-linking and down-linking of Jeevan TV, it said, adding that it was making all efforts to regularise some of its company affairs which have arisen after introduction of new up-linking guidelines of the Ministry.

The company has informed the Kerala high Court and the Ministry that it had initiated steps to comply with the remaining conditions sought by the latter, the release said.

But the Ministry official said there was no stay order with the Ministry so far.

''Ask them to produce one if there is any such directive from the court and we will honour it,'' he said.

UNI

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