New Delhi: Red FM radio channel, part of Sun TV Network Ltd, on Tuesday received an interim relief from the Delhi high Court which allowed it to continue broadcasting in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata circles till 18 November, after it said its licence under the FM phase-II regime ends on Wednesday, 30 September.

“These are our running rights. My licence is running out tomorrow. Everybody else has been migrated into phase III except us," senior advocate Harish Salve, representing Red FM, told the court. The FM radio has not been granted a renewal for the licence for the phase III regime.

Red FM is a unit of Digital Radio Broadcasting, a part of Kalanithi Maran-promoted Sun TV Group. The information and broadcasting ministry had rejected the FM’s application to participate in the phase III auction, saying it had not received a security clearance from the home ministry. The FM channel approached the court in July against the move, which quashed the government order.

Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw on Tuesday directed the government to submit reasons for not giving the radio station the option of renewing its licence. The court will hear the case on 18 November.

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