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TDSAT recalls interim order directing Taj TV to supply signals to UCN

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has recalled its interim order to Taj Television directing it to refrain from discontinuing signals to multi-system operator (MSO) UCN Cable Network since the latter has failed to clear the dues.

Taj Television counsel Tejveer Singh Bhatia stated that the outstanding dues against the MSO now stands at Rs 4.5 crore (Rs 45 million).

What added to the tribunal’s displeasure was that no one from the MSO appeared on the date of hearing of the case. The tribunal noted that there was no regular appearance on behalf of the MSO even when the matter was referred to the mediation centre.

The MSO has been receiving signals from the TV channel distributor in terms of the interim directions made by the tribunal on 9 June 2015.

“In the aforesaid circumstances of the case, we are of the view that the petitioner no longer deserves any indulgence by the tribunal. The interim direction asking the respondent to give signals to the petitioner is recalled,” the tribunal said in its order.

The matter has been put up under the same head on 28 July 2016.

The tribunal also warned that the petition might be dismissed for non-prosecution without prejudice to any claim of Taj Television in case no one appears from the MSO’s side.