Following Subramanian Swamy’s complaint, the name of Arnab Goswami’s new venture ‘Republic’ has been changed to ‘Republic TV’.
Swamy had pointed out that the name ‘Republic’ cannot be used for professional and commercial purposes under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.
Swamy had posted a tweet on January 25 containing his letter of complaint to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which he had sent on January 13.
This is the letter:
The senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP had slammed Goswami in his tweet. Firstpost writes that Swamy told the publication that his advice of not naming the venture ‘Republic’ was ignored by media baron and BJP MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar – one of the investors in Goswami’s venture.
On January 28 Goswami wrote to the I&B Ministry stating that the name of the venture has been changed.
Swamy tweeted the letter on January 30 with a jibe at Goswami.
Mr Goswami know that chickens come home to roost. Don’t be a porki with me pic.twitter.com/MvmPtiFy7a
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) 30 January 2017
Even Goswami’s counsel had to contend that Swamy had a valid point and the Emblems and Names Act “should only be used more selectively”.