Union home ministry is sticking to its guns on denial of security clearance to Sun TV despite the opinion of attorney general Mukul Rohtagi that the Maran’s promoted entity can be given clearance. The home ministry has now streamlined the whole process of giving security clearance by defining parameters of national security.
“In the view of home ministry there are serious inputs against promoters of the Sun TV. Enforcement Directorate attached their assets worth Rs 700 crore in connection with a money laundering case which is an off-shoot of the Aircel-Maxis case probed by the CBI. The charge of running an illegal telephone exchange itself is serious enough to cancel their security clearance as it has a direct bearing on national security. Only the home ministry is entitled to take a call on national security, no one else,” said a top home ministry official requesting anonymity.
Sun TV is promoted by Kalanithi Maran, the brother of former telecommunication minister Dayanidhi Maran.
The official also maintained that not only Sun TV but all entities which are promoted by persons facing serious charges of money laundering, scams or crimes like murder will be denied security clearance under the new security clearance process put in place by the ministry now.
Ministry of information and broadcasting and home ministry are at loggerheads over the security clearance issue of Sun TV.
The official made it clear that the measure is a reform initiative like ‘Make in India’ and ‘Ease of Doing Business’ as now all requests for security clearance will be processed in four to six weeks and only serious charges will be considered for denial of clearance.