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TDSAT disposes of petition as AP MSOs resume signals of NTV

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has disposed of Telugu broadcaster Rachna Television’s petition after the multi-system operators (MSOs) in Andhra Pradesh resumed supply of signals of its channel NTV.

Vibhav Srivastava, on instructions received from Rachna Television, stated that the respective MSOs had put back its channel on their headends and the channels were thus being broadcast properly.

The respondents in the matter include Raja Rajeshwari Entertainment, ACN Cable, Master Channel Community, Siti Guntur Digital, Vizanagaram Citi, and Sree Devi Digital.

Stating that the cause of action for these petitions stood satisfied, the tribunal disposed of the petitions.

Telugu news channel NTV, owned by Rachana Television, had moved TDSAT over its black-out by cable operators in Andhra Pradesh allegedly at the behest of the ruling Telugu Desam Party.

The cable TV operators had blacked out NTV in all 13 districts of the state ever since the channel aired a sting operation in which Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu was heard assuring Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) MLA Elvis Stephenson of honouring the commitments given by his envoys if he voted for TDP candidate in the legislative council elections.

Earlier, another sting operation had surfaced in which TDP MLA Revanth Reddy was offering Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million) in bribe to Stephenson for supporting his party candidate in the legislative council election.

Reddy was subsequently arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau while offering Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 million) out of the promised Rs 5 crore (Rs 50 million).