Sinh was a powerful minister of state for PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) in PV Narasimha Rao’s government and even when out of favour in Congress had powerful contacts in the government with several senior bureaucrats available at his beck and call.
After refusing security clearance to Maran brothers-owned Sun TV, Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) has denied security clearance to two television channels and two FM stations owned by powerful politician and former MP Matang Sinh.Sinh was a powerful minister of state for PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) in PV Narasimha Rao’s government and even when out of favour in Congress had powerful contacts in the government with several senior bureaucrats available at his beck and call.Going by the rule book – which forbids granting security clearance to companies whose owners are facing serious charges of fraud and economic offences, home ministry denied security clearance to Positiv TV Pvt. Ltd, that had applied for renewal of licences for Focus NE and Focus Hi Fi and also two FM channels owned by Postiv Radio Pvt. Ltd.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources in the home ministry said the security clearance was denied on the basis of charges that the promoter of the two companies, Matang Sinh, is undergoing trial in Saradha scam.”You can face similar security denials in future as the ministry in no way would allow anything that can compromise economic security of the country,” said sources.The move could spell trouble for channels that were purchased from Sinh by other groups. Though not run by Sinh, the licences for these channels continue to be in Sinh’s name.Sinh has been booked by the CBI on charges of criminal conspiracy in Saradha realty scam for cheating, criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of funds under Sections 120B, 420 and 409 of the IPC respectively. He is currently lodged in jail.Enforcement Directorate in February this year had also attached Sinh’s property worth Rs 100 crore in Delhi NCR. This was in addition to Rs 200 crore worth property attached by the agency in Mumbai and Assam.Sinh is also facing CBI heat in a loan default case of February 2013 for not repaying Rs 67 crore loan taken from Canara Bank for floating M-3 channel.