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I&B approaches Madras HC against Arasu Cable

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting wants Arasu Cable TV Corporation to be out so that digitisation can get planted in Chennai. In a fresh development, the MIB has appealed in the Madras High Court seeking to quash a stay order issued by a single judge restricting the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) from disconnecting the cable TV signals of the state-owned multi-system operator (MSO) in Chennai metro area.

Earlier, Justice V Dhanapalan had passed an interim order restricting the Ministry from disconnecting the analogue signal of Arasu Cable.

The TRAI had stated that digitisation should be immediately implemented in Chennai and as part of it, the analogue signals has to be switched off any time.

The Business Standard has quoted sources and reported that since the appeal was filed in delay, a condone for application has been filed with the Court and a notice was issued to both the parties.

Arasu Cable had applied for Digital Addressable System (DAS) licence. However, the Ministry has yet to grant the licence as it is not in support of state governments to run cable TV operations.

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