Sun Group thrown out from the list of applicants for Phase-III FM auction

In the review of applications to participate in Phase-III FM auction, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) rejected the applications of Sun Group due to lack of security clearance. The decision was taken in an application review meeting headed by MIB and involved officials from other Ministries including Telecom.


Sun Group, promoted by Kalanithi Maran and his brother, also former telecom Minister Dayanithi Maran currently owns around 45 FM radio stations including popular stations like Suryan FM and RED FM. Five companies of Sun Group submitted the application for the auction.

“A total of 28 applications were received, including applications from five companies of Sun Group. The rejection was on the basis of Home Ministry’s recent observation in at least two cases, citing economic security,” sources revealed.

This is not the first time that Sun Group is facing rejection. Earlier Ministry of Home Affairs rejected the security clearance of its 33 television channels and FM channels on similar grounds.

It is not clear if Sun Group will move an appeal against the decision of the review committee. If no challenges arise from Sun Group and other companies who got rejected, the auction will get over by the end of September. The other two companies were rejected on the basis of technical grounds.

As of the new list, 21 bidders are found to be eligible for the first batch of private FM radio phase-III auction. The officials will brief the bidders on 17th July and the mock auction will be carried out by 21st July. This is the first time e-auctions are held for FM radio stations.

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July 17, 2015 8:05 pm 8:05 PM

Actually, the reason behind is Reliance Group. One of my friend works in sun network, he said so.. they dont have strong foot in south side, so they want sun group to be under reliance control. So they are rejecting and creating all the barriers for sun group.

July 17, 2015 10:49 am 10:49 AM

security clearance is just an excuse. the real reason is that our “suit boot ki sarkar” wants to regulate media house who are not working in their favor. maran have many cases pending in court…and tomorrow if they get convicted then FM station own by maran may air news that exposes scandals of suit boot ki sarkar.

July 17, 2015 12:28 pm 12:28 PM

So as per u r logic, if they get acquitted, they will not expose scams of so called ” soot boot ki sarkar”. ????

July 17, 2015 3:11 pm 3:11 PM

its a kind of blackmailing…. both can join hands to save each other’s corrupt face or fight each other saying “either you save me or I will expose you”.

July 17, 2015 7:20 am 7:20 AM

That’s a good news !