Delhi HC issues notice to centre, PB, BCCI on a PIL challenging section 3(1) of Sports Act

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre, Prasar Bharti and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) following a PIL challenging the provision of the Sports Act that restricts the transmission of the live broadcast of sporting events of national importance to Prasar Bharti’s terrestrial and DTH networks.

The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani, however, declined the request of the petitioner, Vaibhav Jain, for an early hearing and listed the matter on 22nd July, saying there was no urgency.

Jain’s lawyers had sought an early hearing in view of the 2019 Cricket World Cup which will be held in England from 30th May to 14th July.

The PIL has contented that restriction the airing of sporting events to Prasar Bharati’s terrestrial and DTH networks defeats the purpose of the Sports Act which is to enable everyone to access such sporting events free of cost.

Jain has contended that section 3(1) of the Act prevents citizens from freely accessing sporting events of national importance on any other digital platform except the terrestrial and DTH networks of DD. Therefore, the petition has sought setting aside of section 3(1) of the Sports Act.