Kal Cables agrees to pay Rs. 10.79 cr to ZEEL in two equal installments

MUMBAI: Multi system operator (MSO) Kal Cables has given an undertaking to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that it will clear broadcaster ZEEL‘s dues worth Rs. 10.79 crore in two equal installments.

The first installment was to be paid by 4th November while the second is payable by 8th November. Kal Cables had moved TDSAT against the broadcaster’s disconnection notice over outstanding dues.

The tribunal has directed ZEEL not to give effect to its disconnection if the MSO clears the dues. However, if this undertaking is not complied with and payments are not made by the dates indicated, the broadcaster will be at liberty to effect disconnection.

Kal Cables counsel submitted that the total outstanding as per invoices issued by ZEEL comes only to Rs. 10.79 crore approximately as per table pleaded in para 7 of the petition and not to the amount shown as outstanding in the impugned notice which is approximately Rs. 14.12 crore.

The tribunal noted that the MSO has so far not paid any amount against the invoices raised for the period February to September 2019. The nature of dispute raised by the broadcaster is a claim for the incentive which is not evident from the written agreement between the parties.

“Hence, the petitioner is required to clear the outstanding of Rs. 10.79 crores approx. in order to avail of any interim protection. This is of course, subject to reply that may be filed on behalf of the respondent,” TDSAT said in its order.

On behalf of ZEEL, it has been submitted that the MSO has been threatening to change the LCN and packaging of Zee channels and if it is being given interim protection, it should be directed to maintain the status quo with regard to its channels so far as LCN and packaging are concerned.

The tribunal directed the MSO to maintain the status quo until the next date.

The matter has been posted under the same head for 14th November. It further stated that the broadcaster can file a short reply in the meantime.

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