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Digicable gets interim relief from SC on licence cancellation

MUMBAI: In a major respite for multi-system operator (MSO) Digicable Network India, the Supreme Court has granted interim relief to the Jagjit Singh Kohli-promoted company to continue its cable TV operations.

Digicable had moved the Supreme Court after the Bombay High Court had vacated its stay on the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) order cancelling the MSO’s licence.

The stay on the MIB’s order of licence cancellation will, thus, continue. The apex court has posted the matter for hearing on 14 December.

Jagjit Singh Kohli

“We had moved the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court order vacating the stay order on the cancellation of our MSO licence by the MIB. The Supreme Court has restored the stay order,” Digicable Network India managing director and CEO Jagjit Singh Kohli told TelevisionPost.com.

Digicable had challenged the basis on which the security clearance was denied by the MHA. Security clearance is a prerequisite for grant of MSO registration.

The ministry had cancelled Digicable’s MSO licence on 3 September 2014 due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Digicable secured a permanent MSO registration on 12 June 2012 for National Capital Territory of Delhi, Municipal Council of Greater Mumbai and Kolkata Metropolitan Area. The registration was valid for a period of 10 years.

In April, the ministry had rejected the application of Digicable’s joint venture (JV) company Digi Navi Mumbai Network due to denial of security clearance by the MHA.

Earlier in July 2014, the ministry had revoked the registration of Digicable’s Kolkata JV DigiCablecomm Services for the same reason. The MSO, however, had secured a stay order from the Calcutta High Court, which continues to date.

Pune-based Intermedia Cable Communications (ICC), Kalanithi Maran’s Kal Cables and Punjab’s Godfather Communications had earlier managed to get stay on the MIB’s cancellation orders.