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TDSAT directs Karnataka LCOs to visit DEN’s B’lore office on 2 Nov for account settlement

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Karnataka State Digital Cable TV Operators Welfare Association to visit multi-system operator (MSO) DEN Networks’ Bangalore office on 2 November for reconciliation of accounts.

The association has been asked to carry the respective statements of account of the nine local cable operators (LCOs) being represented in the case or at least every material showing all payments made by them.

In the previous order, there was a mistyping of the date on which the association was required to visit the Bangalore office of the MSO.

While the date of visit was recorded as 29 October, both Karnataka State Digital Cable TV Operators Welfare Association counsel Nittin Bhatia and DEN Networks counsel Vibhav Srivastava stated that the date mentioned at the time of dictating the order in the court was 26 October.

The tribunal noted that though both sides knew that the association was required to visit the MSO’s office on 26 October, the meeting actually took place on 27 October.

On that date, the MSO gave its statement of account. However, the association did not carry the statements of account of the nine LCOs being represented in this petition.

Although Bhatia disputed DEN’s statement of account, he was not in a position to show the association’s statement of account or even the materials showing the payments made by each of the LCOs. He requested the tribunal for some time to bring on record those materials.

At this stage, Srivastava suggested that the association once again visit the MSO’s Bangalore office with the respective accounts of the LCOs or at least even the materials showing payments made by each of them to the MSO so that a meaningful exercise of reconciliation of accounts might be done.

The tribunal agreed to his request and put up the matter under the same head on 5 November.