CHENNAI: Kalanithi Maran owned Sun network on Friday got unexpected support from the PMK and MDMK, even as DMK chief M Karunanidhi urged the Centre to reconsider its decision of rejecting the group’s application to start FM services.
Charging that the applications had been rejected based on charges which could not be proved or explained clearly, Karunanidhi In a statement condemned the Centre’s action as ‘strangulation of democracy’. The DMK leader also cited the statement of MDMK general secretary Vaiko and quoted the opinion of Attorney General that denial of permission to the Sun group would amount to violation of sections 14 and 19 of the Constitution.
Claiming that only the judiciary could decide on the economic offences against the group, PMK founder S Ramadoss said trying to scuttle Sun network’s functioning before a court delivered its verdict amounted to attack on freedom of expression. If this was allowed, the government could just file a case against any media and stop its functioning, he added.
MDMK chief Vaiko said denying security clearance to the Sun group even after the opinion of the Attorney General against it could not be legally acceptable. If no one opposed the move, the Centre would start threatening other media organisations, he added.