Tariff order: Delhi HC to wait for Madras HC judgment

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court will wait for the Madras High Court’s verdict before it adjudicates on the petitions filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia relating to TRAI’s tariff order, interconnection and quality of service (QoS) regulations.

The implementation of the tariff order, interconnection and QoS regulations will be on hold till then, the Delhi HC said. The case was heard by a two-judge bench.

On 31 July, the Madras High Court reserved its verdict in the dispute between Star India–Vijay TV and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in the tariff order case. A decision is expected soon as TRAI’s new tariff order is scheduled to come into effect from 2 September.

Earlier, the Delhi HC had allowed the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) to implead in the case filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia.

Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia had filed separate petitions. While Tata Sky challenged the tariff order and interconnection regulation, Airtel Digital TV questioned QoS regulations along with the other two. The two DTH operators had moved the court contending that TRAI’s tariff order and regulation violate Article 19 (1)(G) of the Constitution, which allows citizens ‘to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business’.

Earlier on 6 May, the Supreme Court had stayed TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation until the Madras High Court decided on the broadcaster’s petition challenging the regulator’s powers to fix tariff for TV content.

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