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Interim relief to DigiCablecomm extended by eight weeks

MUMBAI: The Calcutta High Court has extended the interim stay order on the cancellation of DigiCablecomm Services’ digital addressable system (DAS) licence for eight more weeks.

The HC also fined the union government for failing to file its reply in the matter. In the previous hearing, the HC had given the government three weeks to file its reply while extending the interim relief till 28 November.

The bench of Justice Nadira Patheria has not clarified whether the eight-week extension will be effective from today or 28 November.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) had on 18 July cancelled DigiCablecomm’s DAS licence for Kolkata and Howrah due to denial of security clearance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Subsequently, the MSO, which is a joint venture between Digicable and Kolkata-based Multicon Group, obtained a stay order from the Calcutta HC against the MIB’s cancellation order.

The MSO had last month filed a revised application in the new format prescribed by the MHA.

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