New Delhi: A strike by lawyers forced the postponement on Friday of the Delhi high court’s hearing on a petition by two Sun Group entities seeking a court directive that would allow them to participate in phase three of FM radio auctions starting next week.

A bench comprising justices Badar Durrez Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva decided to hear the matter on Saturday, two days before the start of the auctions.

Digital Radio (Delhi) Broadcasting Ltd and Digital Radio (Mumbai) Broadcasting Ltd are seeking the Delhi high court’s intervention after being barred from participating in the auctions by the information and broadcasting ministry.

In June, the home ministry denied a security clearance to 33 television channels run by media baron Kalanithi Maran on grounds that their continued airing would have an “adverse impact on the economic security" of the country because of a pending probe of the company’s promoters by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate.

On Thursday, three other Sun Group companies—Sun TV Network, South Asia FM Ltd and KAL Radio Ltd—won a temporary reprieve in its battle with the central government when the Madras high court said in an interim ruling that they could participate in the auctions.

The ruling is subject to the outcome of the main writ petition filed by the group seeking the quashing of the order barring it from the auctions.

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