The CBI had sought cancellation of bail, complaining that Maran was not co-operating.
“It is a case of telephone misuse. Why do you want to arrest him? Why do you want him in jail? We are not saying anybody should get away after a misuse, but why do you want his custody? Is there some other purpose to arrest him? CBI should not arrest people for political vendetta… he is a political opponent,” observed the bench.
Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi has said the refusal by the Ministry of Home Affairs to grant security licence to the media group is “not legal.”
Mr. Rohatgi, in his constitutional capacity as the government’s top law officer, has said the decision to deny clearance to 33 channels of the network — one of the largest media houses in the country — is unnecessary given that the CBI and the ED have already been investigating corruption charges against its promoters.
I&B Ministry seems to be in a spot. Its asking Home Ministry for clarifications and now seeking advice from the Law Ministry.
Information and Broadcasting Ministry is awaiting opinion from the Law Ministry on what action it should take against the 33 channels of the Sun TV group after the Home Ministry denied security clearance to them.
Pending criminal cases against Sun TV chairman Kalanithi Maran and his brother and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran, are said to be the reasons for denial of security clearance.
The MHA’s denial of security clearance to the 33 channels is based on ongoing criminal investigations against its promoters over allegations of corruption, money laundering and operating an illegal telephone exchange.
I&B officials are of the view that “economic security” cannot be equated to “national security”, and that the MHA may have either “over-reacted” or failed to “examine the matter in-depth”.