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Delhi High Court adjourns DAS III cases till 5 Oct

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing in the first batch of digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III cases until 5 October.

delhi_high_court1Some of the cases posted for hearing on 7 September included Sree Devi Digital Systems, The Rohtak Cable Operators’ Association, AP MSOs’ Welfare Federation, Multi System Operator Welfare Association, Sai Big Star Welfare Association, Federation of Telangana MSO, DEN Manoranjan Satellite, Victory Digital, Sri Chowdeshwary Cable Network, Shyam Baba Cable Network, Panchajanya Media, Bharat Digital Cable Network, and Yogesh Cable Networks.

The above-mentioned matters were posted before the bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva. However, the bench could not hear the matter as it was burdened with a large number of cases.

According to a source, the bench has been adjourning other cases until December and January. However, it has posted the DAS Phase III matters to the next possible date for hearing considering the high stakes involved in the cases.

DASMeanwhile, the cases involving Digiana Systems and Om Systems will be brought before the registrar (filing & listing) Lorren Bamniyal on 8 September. The two matters, which are also being heard by Justice Sachdeva, have been re-notified to 13 September since the main petition will be heard on that date.

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has also filed an application in the High Court to be impleaded in the DAS Phase III cases.

The ministry had moved the Supreme Court after several high courts across the country had stayed the DAS Phase III deadline. The SC had passed an order stating that the cases related to DAS Phase III would be transferred to the Delhi High Court, which will be the designated court for all such matters. The ministry wants the HC to vacate stay orders extending DAS Phase III deadline.

Earlier, MIB advisor (DAS) Yogendra Pal had informed the Task Force members that 62 cases had been filed by some MSOs in various courts in the country for extension of the Phase III deadline. Out of these 62 cases, 12 cases were disposed of by respective courts while three cases were withdrawn by the petitioners.

Of the remaining cases, 29 cases have so far been transferred by various courts to the Delhi High Court and 18 cases are still left to be transferred. Further, two cases are scheduled for hearing by the Delhi High Court on 13 September.

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