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Zee Media Moves Delhi High Court Against Information And Broadcasting Ministry Order To Remove 10 Channels

The media house claimed that as it was not afforded an opportunity of being heard, it was a clear violation of principles of natural justice. The media house challenged the order of the ministry on the ground that it was motivated and it was influenced by rivals

Zee media preferred a plea against the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting praying for removal of its 10 regional news channels as they were gaining an unfair advantage.

Bench of Justice Yashwant Varma heard and listed the plea for hearing on October 6. 

It was noted that the order of the I&B Ministry was based on directions passed by the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court.

It was averred by Zee Media that the ministry had ordered to remove certain channels from KU Band which is a type of satellite frequency.

The Court expressed that it would be appropriate if the same Division Bench dealt with the matter.

On September 23, Ministry said that the channels had become free-to-air which gave unfair advantage to Zee over other media houses.

The petition mentioned the channels were causing loss of Rs. 100 crore a year to the public exchequer as they were broadcast without payment of auction and license fee to Prasar Bharti.

The media house claimed that as it was not afforded an opportunity of being heard, it was a clear violation of principles of natural justice.

The media house challenged the order of the ministry on the ground that it was motivated and it was influenced by rivals.


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