South Indian TV channel owners booked for fraud

South Indian TV channel owners booked for fraud
Published: 27 May 2019 - 7:09 a.m.
By: Digital Studio Middle East Staff

Indian police have registered a case of cheating against the owners of a South Indian TV channel in the UAE following a complaint by a Dubai businessman, according to a Gulf News report.

Keralites Raj Mohan and Abu Bakr, both in their fifties, are accused of fraudulently acquiring the channel licence from its legitimate owner Rajeev Menon.

Originally called World On, the channel is now known as World Vision HD and is telecast on channel No 814 on E-vision.

As reported by Indian website, exchange4media, Kerala Vision went live on May 12 and was billed as the first to focus on family-oriented entertainment programmes with plans to expand into a news and an education channel as well. The Kerala-based multi system operator, Kerala Communicators Cable Ltd (KCCL) launched GEC Kerala Vision Satellite Channel on April 28. KCCL is an initiative of independent Cable TV Operators in Kerala under the guidance of Cable Operators Association (COA), an umbrella union of local cable operators all over Kerala. It is a conglomeration of more than 4000 independent cable networks functioning all over Kerala.

In India, KCCL brought all independent cable networks of Kerala under a common brand name Kerala Vision – the first IP TV technology-enabled cable channel in India. The team entered the Dubai market with Kerala Vision World.

Rajeev Menon said he launched World On in partnership with Raj Mohan in 2015, as a private limited company registered in India. “As per our agreement, I was supposed to pay for all expenses in the UAE while Mohan was to bear all costs incurred in Kerala,” Menon told Gulf News.

“Imagine my shock when I found out that my partner and a third person [Abu Bakr] had launched a company in Dubai bearing the same name as that of my TV channel (World On). Using forged documents, they projected themselves as a subsidiary of the parent company in India and got the TV channel licence transferred to the new firm. Once that happened, they changed the channels’ name to Kerala Vision World before renaming it as World Vision HD added Menon, who later a filed petition before the district court in Kochi, Kerala.

Following a court directive, the police registered a case against the accused.

They have been charged with criminal breach of trust, forgery and cheating. On May 18, the accused were granted anticipatory bail but have been barred from leaving Ernakulam district without permission of the court till the final report in the case is filed. Menon said the fallout of the case has left him aghast and millions of dirhams out of pocket.

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