The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited the transmission/re-transmission of satellite channel ‘Janmat’ (assumed name Live India) on all platforms throughout the country. The ban effective from today will be up to 20.10.2007. The prohibition has been imposed in terms of the Sub-Section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995.
It had come to the notice of the Central Government that some Cable Operators in the country through their Cable Television Networks had been transmitting/re-transmitting the satellite channel namely ‘Janmat’ (assumed name Live India), which telecast an admittedly doctored sting operation on Smt. Uma Khurana, teacher, Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in Darya Ganj, Delhi. The telecast of said sting operation was defamatory, deliberate, false and contained suggestive innuendos and half-truths; incited violence and contained content against maintenance of law and order. It criticized, maligned and slandered an individual in person and it denigrated children and was irresponsibly aired by the channel without exercise of due diligence in preliminary verification of the facts of the case. Therefore, the Central Government thought it necessary to prohibit transmission or re-transmission of the said channel throughout the country.