Dish TV, Sun TV Network in talks to resolve dispute

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV and broadcaster Sun TV Network have told the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that they are engaged in talks to resolve the issue of outstanding dues.

Dish TV owes roughly Rs 132 crore to Sun TV Network. Due to the accumulation of dues, the broadcaster issued a disconnection notice to the DTH operator. Dish TV moved TDSAT seeking protection against the disconnection of signals.

In its order dated 17th October, the TDSAT stated that the parties are engaged in talks and it is not possible to grant a short adjournment. The matter has been posted under the same head on 21st November.

“We have been informed by learned counsel for the respondent as well as by learned counsel for the petitioner that parties have agreed to have a meeting to work out a schedule for payment of the outstanding dues by the petitioner and the said meeting is to be held tomorrow,” the TDSAT order reads.

In the earlier hearing, Sun TV Network counsel had assured the tribunal that no coercive action shall be taken till the next date. Accordingly, the matter was posted under the same head on 17th October.

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