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TDSAT directs Star and Karnataka MSO to resolve dispute in mediation centre

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Karnataka-based multi-system operator (MSO) Canara Star Communications and Star India to resolve their dispute over reconciliation of account in the mediation centre.

The tribunal has asked the parties to appear before the mediation centre of the tribunal on 3 August and resolve the dispute not only in respect of the non-digital addressable system (DAS) areas of Bhatkal and Kumta, but also of the DAS areas.

Both parties must be represented by persons who are in a position to take decisions on behalf of their respective principals in course of the mediation proceedings, the tribunal said.

By order dated 29 May, the tribunal had directed Star to restore the supply of its signals to the MSO in the non-DAS areas of Bhatkal and Kumta in the state of Karnataka on payment of Rs 5,02,783, the amount admitted by the MSO as dues, as against the Star’s claim of Rs 13.98 lakh (Rs 1.39 million).

The tribunal had further directed the MSO to continue making payment of the invoices raised by the respondent after restoration of supply of signals.

Star India counsel Salman Khurshid stated that after making a payment of Rs 5,02,783, the MSO had not made any payments to the broadcaster so far.

Observing that the MSO was liable to pay Rs 2,13,791.59 for the Bhatkal area for the month of June 2015 and Rs 2,03,609.87 for Kumta area for the same period, the tribunal directed the MSO to pay the aforesaid amounts within a week from 28 July.