The Delhi High Court has directed Nimbus Communication to provide live feed for the cricket match between India and Sri Lanka to be played on Saturday, February 17, 2007, in Visakhapatnam. The bench comprising Justice Vikramjit Sen and Justice J P Singh passed the order after Nimbus counsel Gopal Jain sought protection from the showcause notice issued by the Centre on February 14, 2007.
Nimbus offered to provide live feed of the match to Prasar Bharati with a rider that the Centre should not take any action or decision under the showcause notice. The Centre gave an undertaking that it would not take any action. The next hearing is on March 9, 2007.
The court also issued notices to the Centre and Prasar Bharati on a petition filed by Nimbus challenging the ordinance, which makes it mandatory for private broadcasters to share live feed with Prasar Bharati.
On Nimbus’ offer, a senior ministry official said, "The violation will still stand, even if they agree to share the feed from today."
On Wednesday the ministry had slapped a showcause notice on Nimbus for not sharing with Doordarshan the live telecast of the first two India-Sri Lanka ODIs, a violation which could lead to suspension of their broadcasting licence or fine upto Rs 1 crore.
Earlier in the day, Nimbus had approached the Delhi High Court seeking protection from the Centre's alleged threat to cancel its licence if it did not respond to the government's showcause notice by Thursday.