Delhi HC adjourns Tata Sky vs TRAI matter to 4 April, Discovery to continue arguments

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has adjourned the Tata Sky vs TRAI matter to 4th April. Currently, Discovery Communications India, which is also a party to the case, is presenting its argument. The broadcaster will continue its on 4th April.

Apart from Tata Sky, the petitioners in the matter are Bharti Telemedia, Sun Direct, and Discovery Communications India. The interveners include Dish TV and All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF).

The appeals are against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) new regulatory framework for the TV broadcasting sector. The matter is being heard by the bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao.

In the previous hearing on 11th March, Tata Sky had filed an application seeking permission to take on record the additional affidavit filed on 6th February in pursuance to the order passed by the bench on 13th February.

TRAI counsel Rakesh Dwivedi had addressed the bench on the issue of additional affidavit having been filed without permission of the Court and expressed his regret on the same.

Accepting the same, the application for taking on record the additional affidavit filed by the TRAI and explaining the circumstances which compelled it to issue the press release on 12th February is allowed.

The TRAI had on 12th February extended the deadline for picking TV channels under the new regime till 31st December.

Discovery Communications India counsel Gopal Jain had brought on record a memo on behalf of the broadcaster pointing out various inconsistencies in the statements made in the said affidavit.

On this, the bench had stated that it will take note of the same and address the issue at the time of final hearing.

In view of the additional affidavit filed by the TRAI being taken on record, the bench gave liberty to the petitioners to file their rejoinders to the same.

The matters were listed for final hearing. As the Roster has changed, the bench said it will assemble on Fridays for hearing of these matters. However, looking at the importance of these matters and the fact that various parties have to argue the matter, it directed the office to list these petitions on Thursdays and Fridays at 2:15 pm. The writ petitions were thus directed to be listed on 28th and 29th March, 2019 at 2:15 pm.

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