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New Delhi: The accusations levelled against Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's close aide, Acharya Balkrishna, can have adverse effects on religious channel Aastha. Actions against the channel are expected to initiate if the charges against him are proven.

Balkrishna is under CBI scanner for fake passport row and his citizenship.

Apart from this, the security clearance given to the channel by the Ministry for Home Affairs before granting the licence is also under scrutiny.

According to documents available with Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Balkrishna owns 99.87 percent stake in Aastha channel through Vedic Broadcasting Limited and also holds the post of director.

Other two directors, Swami Muktanandji and Ajay Arya hold 0.083 percent and 0.008 percent stakes respectively in the channel.

As per a senior I&B official, the Ministry is closely monitoring the CBI investigations against Balkrishna.

If the charges against Balkrishna are proven, it will be clear that he misguided the I&B Ministry by furnishing wrong details, the official added.

Notably, before granting any licence to a channel, the Home Ministry conducts inquires to assure that the promoters and directors of the channel do not pose any threat to the country and all the details furnished by them are correct. Without clearance from the MHA, the I&B Ministry cannot issue any licences.

JPN/Bureau

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