30 June 2019
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, New Delhi (TDSAT) allowed Veecon Media and Broadcasting Private Limited (Veecon) to use the name “Tiranga TV” for its news channel, without the logo having saffron and green colours used in the national flag.
This decision of the Tribunal quashed the decision taken by the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on March 27 refusing to sanction the name 'Tiranga TV'. The Ministry had held that it amounted to colourable imitation of national flag and violated the Emblem and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950 and Flag Code 2002. The channel was initially called ‘Harvest TV ‘after Veecon obtained license from Harvest TV Network in 2016 for using the name for two years, after the expiry of which, Veecon submitted the application for change of name and logo as ‘Tiranga TV ‘before the MIB. In January 2019, Veecon approached TDSAT with the contention that MIB had not acted upon its application submitted in September, 2017.