Nation Live, the news channel’s three senior journalists have been arrested a few days back for allegedly airing defamatory remarks against Adityanath and also charged with fraud and forgery.
As per notice, the Ministry has sought response from the channel owners within seven days, failing which it said ex parte proceedings will be initiated against them. Also, the owner company has been asked as to why action should not be initiated against them as per rules.
The MIB also informed the Uttar Pradesh government that the company was given permission to operate under the name of Network 10 in 2011.
The letter of MIB read: "It has been ascertained that the said news channel is being run by Bharat Hydel Projects Pvt Ltd, which was given permission in February 2011 to uplink/downlink news and current affairs by the name of Network 10."
The I&B ministry also clarified that it had not given "any approval" to the company for the use of the name "Nation Live". "The company by using the name and logo of Nation Live has contravened the provisions of the uplinking/downlinking guidelines of 2011," it added in the letter.