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DAS Phase III cases to be taken up by Delhi HC on 3 Nov

MUMBAI: Delhi High Court has transferred two cases that challenge digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III notification and deadline to the division bench of Chief Justice Rohini G and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal.

The remaining cases pertaining to DAS Phase III deadline and which have not challenged the notification will be heard by Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on 3 November. In many of these cases, the relief granted by the high courts has lapsed.

DASThe bench of Justice Sachdeva has said that all such DAS Phases III cases in which extension granted by the respective HCs have expired will be dismissed. There are 11 such cases that deal with DAS Phase III deadline extension.

On 6 October the bench had directed the parties to separate the DAS Phase III-related cases that challenge the notification and the deadline from the ones that only challenge the deadline.

On Wednesday the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) submitted a list before the bench, clearly demarcating the cases in the two categories.

As per the MIB list, 22 cases challenge the DAS Phase III notification and deadline, while 11 cases deal only with the deadline.

Accordingly, the bench has transferred all such cases that do not deal with the Phase III deadline to the division bench. These cases have also been posted for hearing on 3 November. The bench also asked MIB to issue dasti notice to petitioners in these cases.

delhi_high_court1Meanwhile, the division bench that was hearing the petitions of Nasik Zilla Cable Operators’ Federation and Radiant Digitek has posted the cases along with other matters to 3 November. The two cases have been clubbed with 22 cases in which some cases are about constitutional validity of cable TV digitisation while some pertain to entertainment tax.

Delhi HC is the designated court for all DAS Phase III-related cases. The MIB had moved the SC against stay orders on DAS Phase III deadline granted by various courts in the country. The SC had transferred all DAS Phase III cases to Delhi HC and made it the designated court for all such cases.