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IBF files for impleadment in DAS III cases in Delhi High Court

MUMBAI: The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has filed an application in the Delhi High Court to implead itself in the digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III cases.

IBF logoThe move comes as the Delhi High Court is all set to hear DAS Phase III cases on 7 and 8 September.

The Delhi High Court has posted a large chunk of cases for hearing on 7 September, while two cases from Madhya Pradesh have been posted for hearing on 8 September.

The information about IBF’s impleadment was provided by the IBF’s representative during the 17th Task Force meeting on DAS Phase III and IV implementation.

DASSome of the cases scheduled for hearing on 7 September include Sree Devi Digital Systems, The Rohtak Cable Operators’ Association, AP MSOs Welfare Federation, Multi System Operators’ 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, Nashik Zilla Cable Operators Association, Bhima Riddhi Digital Services and Yogesh Cable Networks.

The ones involving Digiana Systems and Om Systems have been posted for hearing on 8 September.

The first batch of cases will be heard by Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva. The HC has issued notices to the petitioners as well as respondents in the matters, which include cable operators and the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) or the Union of India.

The ministry had moved the Supreme Court after several HCs across the country had stayed DAS Phase III deadline. The SC had passed an order stating that DAS Phase III-related cases would be transferred to the Delhi High Court, which was also 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 Task Force members that 62 cases had been filed by some MSOs in various courts for extension of the Phase III deadline. Out of these 62 cases, 12 cases had been disposed of by the respective courts while three cases had been withdrawn by the petitioners.

Of the remaining cases, 29 cases have 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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