Tata Sky files contempt petition against TRAI in Delhi High Court

Tata Sky's objection is that TRAI did not inform the Delhi High Court before announcing in the press release that the tariff order has come into effect

e4m by Nishant Saxena
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 8:59 AM

Tata Sky has filed a contempt petition in the Delhi High Court against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India after it issued a Press note announcing the Tariff order to come into effect from July 3, 2018.

A source closely informed with the matter told exchange4media that Tata Sky’s objection is that TRAI did not inform the Delhi High Court before announcing in the press release that the tariff order has come into effect from Tuesday. 

Although, in the press note, TRAI has also mentioned that “in compliance to the direction of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi, in its order dated 29th August 2017, the Authority has duly filed an affidavit to this effect on 3rd July 2018 before the Hon’ble Court.”
In its August 29, 2017 order, the Delhi HC had told TRAI that “upon the pronouncement of the judgment by the High Court of Madras, the respondents shall inform the petitioners of the outcome in the judgment and shall inform this court as well before effectuating the orders.

Last year Bharti Airtel Telemedia, Tata Sky and Discovery Communication India had filed petitions against TRAI in the Delhi High Court, challenging its tariff order and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection Regulations 2017.

On July 4 2018, the Delhi High Court Division Bench-III comprising of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice Chander Shakhar will hear the matter in Court no. 6.
“The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 as upheld by the Hon’ble Madras High Court and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 come into effect from 3rd July 2018,” the regulator announced in its press note issued on July 3, 2018.

In the press note, the Authority has also given the following timeline:

• 60 days to Broadcasters for declaration of MRP and nature of Channels
• 180 days to MSO for declaration of Network Capacity Fee
• 60 days to Broadcasters for publication of Reference Interconnect Offer
• 60 days to distributors for publishing of Reference Interconnect Offer
• 150 days for signing the Interconnect Agreement
• 180 days for migration of subscribers to new framework
• 120 days for establishment of Customer Care Centre, Website, Consumer Care Channel and Publication of Manual of Practice.

exchang4media has written to Tata Sky for comments, the report will be updated if and when they respond.

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