TDSAT directs Dish TV to pay Rs 65 cr to Star by August-end

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed the direct to home (DTH) operator Dish TV to pay additional Rs 65 crore to broadcaster Star India by end of August.

The DTH operator has already paid Rs. 55 crore to the broadcaster which will protect it from disconnection of signals. Dish TV had to pay the amount before 31st July.

It was submitted that before the tribunal that the invoices for the month of June has already been raised and is becoming payable on 10th August. The tribunal directed the DTH operator to pay against that invoices within time.

“In similar fashion, the current dues of every succeeding month shall be paid by the petitioner by the due date if it wants to have the interim protection during the pendency of this petition,” the tribunal said.

Dish TV counsel submitted that the DTH operator undertakes to pay the current invoices as per the agreement. Star India counsel submitted that the remaining arrears are approximately Rs. 195 crore.

The DTH operator stated that it will clear the outstanding in not two but a minimum of five installments of Rs. 40 crore each but the broadcaster has strongly protested against this offer.

The tribunal said it is also of the considered view that admitted dues should not remain unpaid for such a long time because it is likely to affect the business of the broadcaster.

“Hence, we expect the petitioner to clear the outstanding arrears as noted above in approximate equal installments by the end of October 2019. However, this may be reviewed on the subsequent date, if required,” TDSAT noted.

It further stated, “By the next date petitioner must show its bonafide by paying Rs. 65 crores by end of August towards the liquidation of said arrears. This is in addition to the payment for the current dues. If the petitioner fulfills this condition and makes the payment within the time the impugned notice shall not be given effect to till the next date.”

The matter has been posted under the same head on 4th September.

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