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Stay order on DigiCablecomm’s licence cancellation extended to 6 Apr

MUMBAI: The Calcutta High Court has extended the stay order on the cancellation of DigiCablecomm Services’ multi-system operator (MSO) licence for digital addressable system (DAS) areas to 6 April.

After hearing the counsel for both the parties, the court extended the interim order till 6 April 2015, or until further order, whichever is earlier.

In the earlier hearing, the court had extended the interim order by eight weeks.

DigiCablecomm counsel Jishnu Saha also prayed for extension of time to file an affidavit in reply since the affidavit in opposition had been filed out of time. The court deferred the filing of the affidavit in reply till 27 January.

In its reply, the Union government contended that the reason to deny security clearance cannot be disclosed to the petitioners for security reasons.

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.

Even as the matter is being fought in the court, the MSO had filed a revised application for security clearance in the new format prescribed by the MHA.