TDSAT directs Meghbela Cable to clear Star India’s dues to continue receiving signals

MUMBAI: Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed multi system operator (MSO) Meghbela Cable And Broadband Services to pay Rs. 1.5 crore within one week from 2nd September to continue receiving signals from Star India.

The tribunal has also directed Star India against disconnecting signals to the MSO provided it clears the dues.

The broadcaster issued a disconnection notice to the MSO on 13th August 2019 disclosing that the latter is required to clear the outstanding dues up to the invoiced amount for June 2019 aggregating to Rs. 2,62,97,810/-. MSO, as per the notice, had time only till 3rd September to make the required payment.

Learned counsel for the MSO has submitted that its past conduct in respect of the payment to the broadcaster shows that it has reduced the outstanding dues over a period of 3 months and hence some more accommodation will enable it to liquidate the entire arrears so that it may start paying the current invoiced amounts in accordance with the agreement and the industrial practice.

The MSO will be liable to pay the invoiced amount even for subsequent months like July and August 2019 very soon. Therefore, the tribunal noted that only limited accommodation can be granted to the MSO to clear the outstanding dues covered by the notice.

“For that purpose, we direct that respondent shall not give effect to the impugned notice until further orders if the petitioner pays amount of Rs.1.5 crore within one week from today and the balance amount within a period for further two weeks. We trust that petitioner shall make efforts to pay the future invoiced amount within stipulated time,” TDSAT said in its order.

The matter has been posted under the same head on 25th September.

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