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TDSAT likely to have chairman next month

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) is likely to get a full-time chairperson next month. The post has been lying vacant since mid-June.

After Justice Aftab Alam retired on 16 June, the TDSAT has only been passing interim orders.

“TDSAT chairman is expected to take charge next month,” an official source told PTI.

On 19 October, A K Bhargava, former Advisor Technology at Department of Telecom (DoT), joined the TDSAT.

Resource crunch has hit the TDSAT as disputes in broadcasting and telecom sectors have been increasing. This was brought to notice earlier by Alam.

The tribunal consists of a chairperson and two members.

Last year 707 cases were filed before the TDSAT. Of those 593 were related to the broadcast sector, PTI reported.

In February, Alam had suggested setting up mediation centre for convenience of people who come to TDSAT from all across country for resolving small issues, the report added.