BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, has written to the central government expressing his objections to the use word “Republic” for journalist Arnab Goswami’s yet-to-be launched news channel.
Swamy, according to news agency IANS, also threatened legal action if the government failed to take appropriate action on his complaint.
“This is illegal. I will go to the court (if the government does not take action). We have this emblem Act under which one can not use word ‘Republic’,” Swami told IANS.
Writing to Information and Broadcasting ministry on 13 January, Swamy said that the use of “Republic” would be “contrary to law and a direct breach” of the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.
In the letter, Swamy had asked the ministry to look into the matter. He said that the ministry had yet to respond to his letter.
“It may be noticed that certain names and emblems are prohibited from being used under (the) Act for professional and commercial purposes. As per the schedule, accompanying the statute, under item 6, there is express prohibition from using the phrase ‘republic’,” Swamy wrote.
“May be in a day or two. The entire administration is of the view that my stand is correct,” Swami claimed.
Goswami had last year announced that his next venture will be called Republic. Among those who have funded his channel are the NDA MP, Rajeev Chandrashekhar and BJP sympathiser Mohandas Pai.