Marathi news channel Lokshahi moves Delhi HC against I&B ministry’s 30-day broadcasting ban

This is the second such action against the TV news outlet within a period of five months.

WrittenBy:NL Team
Logos of Lokshahi and Delhi High Court.

Two days after the Information and Broadcasting Ministry suspended the licence of Mumbai-based news channel Lokshahi Marathi, banning its broadcast for 30 days, the media outlet today moved the Delhi High Court against the action, Livelaw reported. 

The matter was mentioned before a bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet Pritam Singh Arora by advocate Jayant Mehta for urgent listing.  

The I&B ministry sent the suspension order to the channel at 6 pm on January 9 and soon took it off air, said Mehta, adding that the order was passed “without any reason,” after the media outlet answered the ministry’s show cause notice.  

The channel’s licence has been suspended citing “blatant and continuous” violations of policy guidelines. 

This is the second such action against the TV news outlet within a period of five months. The I&B ministry had imposed a 72-hour ban on the channel on September 22 last year after it aired a “sexually explicit” video allegedly featuring BJP leader Kirit Somaiya. 

The channel has been in constant trouble since the Somaiya video report was aired on July 17 last year. The video which went viral triggered a political storm in Maharashtra, and subsequent police action.

Lokshahi Marathi editor-in-chief Kamlesh Sutar told Newslaundry that the news channel has been operational for about four years but the ministry had “started picking out problems” with it over the last five months. 

He said the broadcasting ban had come as a “shock” and also pointed to “targeted action”. 

Newslaundry reported on the controversy in detail. Read here

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