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TDSAT asks Arasu to file reply by 13 April in parity issue case

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed state-owned Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation to file its reply by 13 April in the parity issue case filed by Chennai-based independent multi-system operator (MSO) Thamizhaga Cable TV Communication Ltd (TCCL).

In a brief order, the tribunal stated that advocate Abdul Saleem had appeared for Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation, which has been impleaded as respondent No 2 in this case by the previous order.

A copy of the reply filed by Star India and a copy of the petitioner’s rejoinder to Star’s reply had been given to Abdul Saleem, it added.

The matter has been put up under the same heading on 15 April.

Earlier, TCCL had moved the TDSAT on 10 November 2014 demanding parity from broadcaster Star India in line with Arasu.

The MSO contended that it was paying Star based on reference interconnect offer (RIO) rate while state-run MSO Arasu Cable TV Corporation was virtually getting signals free of cost in analogue as well as digital, a charge denied by Star.

It must be noted here that Arasu does not have digital addressable system (DAS) licence to operate in the Chennai metropolitan area. It is providing analogue signals in Chennai under an interim order passed by Madras High Court.

In an order passed on 13 February, the tribunal directed the impleadment of Arasu Cable TV Corporation represented by its general manager as respondent No 2.

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