In line with the Supreme Court order, the Court opined that the power to decide whether the broadcast was permissible lied with the competent authority under the Central Government.
It, accordingly, directed Sudarshan TV to reply to the Central Government’s notice by September 1 and granted 48 hours to the authority to decide the issue after giving an opportunity to Sudarshan TV and its Editor-in-Chief, Suresh Chavhanke to present their case.
However, opining that prima facie, the broadcast was in violation of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, the Court refused to vacate the stay and directed Sudarshan TV to not air the broadcast till then.
While giving liberty to the parties to take appropriate legal action after the Central Government’s decision, the Court disposed of the petition before it.
Sudarshan TV proposed to run a broadcast which claimed to be a “Big Exposé on Conspiracy to infiltrate Muslims in Government Service”.
After former and present students of Jamia Milia Islamia University moved the High Court seeking a prohibition on airing of the broadcast, the High Court had issued an order of stay.
Court that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had already issued notice to Sudarshan TV with respect to the proposed broadcast.