TDSAT pulls up Independent TV for failing to clear IndiaCast’s dues

MUMBAI: Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has pulled up defunct direct to home (DTH) operator Independent TV for failing to clear IndiaCast Media’s dues.

Independent TV’s counsel admitted that the DTH operator has not made any payment towards the admitted liability of Rs. 3.56 crore within two months granted. The DTH operator has also failed to disclose its entire assets since the payment has not been made.

The tribunal noted that this amounts to willful disregard of the order and attracts the provision for penalty for such disobedience. However, it added that the actual amount of penalty shall be governed by further action of the DTH operator.

As prayed, three weeks’ time has been granted to the DTH operator for filing the entire list of assets on affidavit as required by provisions in Order XXI Rule 41 of CPC which prescribes a format for that purpose.

The tribunal asked Independent TV to take steps to pay the admitted dues by the next date otherwise suitable orders for the execution of judgment and decree for the admitted amount shall be passed.

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

Independent TV has folded up after its transponder service was discontinued by Antrix Corporation due to non-payment of dues. Subsequently, its interim renewal of licence was suspended by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) due to frequent disruption in service.

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