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Bombay HC Asks TRAI If The New Tariffs Could Be Put Off

Lawstreet Journal 28 Feb 2020 5:32pm

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday, 26th February 2020, asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s counsels Venkatesh Dhond and Vineet Naik to take instructions and inform on Thursday on the issue that whether the new tariff cap of ₹12 per pay channel in a bundle can be delayed or put off while the court hears the appeals which are filed by Producers, Broadcasters and Cable Operators against the new provisions.

A division bench was constituted of Justices Amjad Sayyed and Anuja Prabhudessai which observed that the 2020 regulations and tariff order is to come into play on March 1.

A group of senior counsels appeared on behalf of the petitioners to seek interim relief and suggested that at least till their plea is heard as per the 2017 regime which allowed for price of ₹19 per pay channel in the bouquet may be continued so that the rights of broadcasters and even the other stake holders including distributors be protected.

Even for interim relief, detailed arguments would have to be canvased. Considering the complex issues involved, it may not be possible to hear all the parties and pass orders within two days,” the court said. 

We deem it appropriate to request the Additional Solicitor General and the senior counsel for TRAI to take instructions whether the impugned 2020 Regulations and 2020 Tariff Order can be deferred,” the bench further added.

Several broadcasters including the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), a representative body comprising of TV channels, The Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Zee Entertainment… Continue Reading...

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