Dish TV withdraws petition against SPNI challenging certain clauses of old RIO agreement

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV has withdrawn its petition against Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

The DTH operator had challenged certain clauses of SPNI’s old Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO). However, the parties have entered into a fresh agreement under the new regulatory framework of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Dish TV counsel submitted that challenge by the DTH operator to the terms of earlier RIO of the broadcaster has become academic. The tribunal allowed the petition to be withdrawn with liberty to the DTH operator that if an occasion arises, it will be free to challenge the terms of new RIO of the broadcaster.

SPNI counsel submitted that the new agreement has been entered by the DTH operator without any caveat or reservation and, therefore, no liberty need to be accorded.

“In the facts of the case, the prayer of the petitioner to withdraw this petition is allowed with a clarification that it goes without saying that if the petitioner has any grievance in future, it will be at liberty to raise its claim or seek relief through an appropriate proceeding in accordance with law,” TDSAT order reads.

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