Arnab Goswami’s news channel Republic violates Emblems Act: Subramanian Swamy writes to I&B ministry
As Swamy points out, Item 6 in the Schedule accompanying the Act, prohibits the use of, �The name, emblem or official seal of the President, Governor, Sadar-i-Riyasat or Republic or Union of India.�
Rajya Sabha member and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has written a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting questioning the use of the name ‘Republic’ by journalist Arnab Goswami for his upcoming news channel.
The use of the name “Republic” is in violation of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use), Act, 1950, which prohibits certain names and symbols from being used for commercial purposes, alleged Swamy.
“As per the schedule accompanying the statute, under Item 6, there is an express prohibition from using the phrase, ‘Republic’. Hence, the grant of licence to a news channel to broadcast under the name of ‘Republic’ will be contrary to law and a direct breach of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950,” Swamy said in the letter dated January 13.
As Swamy points out, Item 6 in the Schedule accompanying the Act, prohibits the use of, “The name, emblem or official seal of the President, Governor, Sadar-i-Riyasat or Republic or Union of India.”
Goswami has announced the name of his venture on December 15, a month-and-a-half after he resigned from his position as Editor-in-Chief and President, News, of Times Now and ET Now.
The venture, structured in two companies, ARG Outlier Media Ltd. and SARG Media Holding Pvt Ltd, reportedly features Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar as one of the main investors – through his company Asianet News Online Pvt Ltd. Besides this, the company’s investors also include Sameer and Sanjeev Manchanda and Tapesh Veerendra Singh of DEN Networks.
Reports suggest that the channel will start airing ahead of upcoming Assembly elections in five states. The channel is already running a Twitter and Facebook account under the name ‘Republic’ which collectively have a following of around 1,00,000.