Independent TV fails to make payments to Antrix for resumption of signals

MUMBAI: Direct to home (DTH) operator Independent TV has neither made the required payments nor furnished the bank guarantee to Antrix Corporation for reconnection of signals.

As a result, the DTH operator’s service is still unavailable even as more than one month has passed.

In its earlier order, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had directed Independent TV to pay up to Rs 12 crore in order to get signals reconnected by Antrix Corporation.

The tribunal had asked the DTH operator to pay Rs. 5.83 crore along with a bank guarantee of Rs. 6 crore or furnish a bank guarantee of Rs. 12 crore valid for at least two months for the restoration of transponder service.

“As soon as the petitioner complies with this part and furnishes the bank guarantee or makes the payment, of respondent no. 1 shall reconnect the signals,” the TDSAT had said in its order.

While hearing the matter on Thursday, the tribunal noted that the DTH operator has failed to make the payments due to which resumption of signals has not happened. It directed the DTH operator to make the payment at the earlier.

“Since the petitioner has not been able to make the required payments or furnishing the bank guarantee, as indicated in the last order passed on 2.7.2019, the resumption of supply of signals has not happened. Petitioner should make the payments at the earliest,” TDSAT said in its order on Thursday.

The matter has been posted under the same head on 12th September.

The DTH operator’s signals were disconnected by Antrix on 12th June due to non-payment of outstanding dues and its bank guarantees worth Rs 15 crore was encashed by the corporation, which is Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm.

Independent TV had filed an application before the tribunal to direct Antrix to resume supply of signals. It had also sought direction to Antrix to enter into a long-term lease agreement more so since it has now received intimation that it has been granted the required licence by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) on certain conditions and the licence is valid till 31st December 2019.

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