Principles of Natural Justice IV

Security Clearance is Mandatory – The Cable Television Network (Amendment) Rules, 2012. 

My Lord, Principle of Natural Justice, Fair Play Overlooked?

In similar circumstances, in Ex-Armymen’s Protection Services Private Limited, (2014) 5 SCC 409 the following was laid down:

“What is in the ‘interest of national security’ is not a ‘question of law’. It is a ‘matter of policy’. It is not for the Court to decide; left to the Executive. In a ‘situation of national security’, a party cannot insist for the ‘strict observance’ of the Principles of Natural justice. The Court is entitled to see whether it is a case where the ‘interest of national security’ is involved.”

Appellant was not entitled to claim any ‘prior notice’ before ‘cancellation order’. Principles of Natural Justice were not violated.

Hon’ble Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, Digi Cable Network (India) Pvt. Ltd. v. Union of India, [Civil Appeal No. 120 of 2019].