Star free to disconnect signals to Tirupati Comm as TDSAT removes interim protection

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MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has refused to grant further interim protection to multi system operator (MSO) Tirupati Communication, which had filed petition against Star India’s disconnection notice.

The tribunal had earlier granted interim protection to the MSO for 30 days on the condition that the it pay the entire arrears by 30 September 2017, failing which the broadcaster will be entitled to disconnect the signals.

At time of the filing of the petition, the MSO was in default and liable to pay to Star Rs. 10.31 lakh for dues till 31 August 2017. The agreement between the two parties had also ended by June, 2017.

To enable the petitioner to hold negotiations for entering into a fresh agreement, the tribunal had granted interim protection to the MSO.

However, the MSO failed to comply with the interim direction. On account, the MSO has made some payments but now the dues till the month of November stands at Rs 13.93 lakh.

On account of negotiations, the MSO has obtained an agreement but since it has failed to clear the dues as per direction of this tribunal, the tribunal didn’t feel persuaded to grant any further interim protection.

Accordingly, the petition has been dismissed.


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