Sony files petition in TDSAT to recover dues worth Rs 20 cr from MSO Manthan

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) has filed a petition in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) for recovery of dues worth Rs 20 crore from multi system operator (MSO) Manthan Broadband Service.

The principle prayer in Sony’s petition is for recovery of Rs. 20 crore approximately. However, the broadcaster has also prayed for an injunction to prohibit the MSO from using its signals through any other MSO directly or indirectly.

Learned counsel for Manthan appeared on advance notice and submits on instructions that admittedly there is no agreement between the parties. The counsel also stated that the MSO is committed not to distribute Sony’s channels/signals directly or indirectly.

In other words, the tribunal noted that the MSO has denied that it is distributing the signals of the petitioner itself or through other MSO.

In view of such a clear stand, the tribunal added that there is no further consideration is required of the interim prayer raised today. The aforesaid stand of the respondent is recorded as an undertaking, it stated.

While admitting Sony’s petition, the tribunal granted six weeks’ time to Manthan for filing a reply. Rejoinder, if required, may be filed within three weeks thereafter.

The matter has been posted before the Court of Registrar on 12th September to pass necessary orders and directions to make the case ready for hearing.

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