SC dismisses TRAI plea on 15 per cent bouquet discount cap
TRAI had last month appealed the apex court to reverse a Madras HC order that had rejected the clause in the tariff rule that capped the discounts offered by broadcasters on bouquets to 15%
Published - 03-January-2019
The Supreme Court has dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 15 per cent bouquet discount cap after the authority withdrew it, according to media reports.
TRAI had last month appealed the apex court to reverse a Madras High Court order that had rejected the clause in its tariff rule that capped the discounts offered by broadcasters on bouquets to 15 per cent.
While hearing the TRAI appeal, the Supreme Court reportedly noted that the regulator is late in seeking clarification on the clause. The court is said to have said that the clarification should have been sought when the matter was being heard. According to reports, the court also did not assure TRAI that it would entertain a clarification plea in the future.
The 15 per cent discount clause was set aside by the Madras High Court in May 2018 while hearing a plea filed by Star India and Vijay TV against TRAI’s tariff order. The court had, however, approved all other proposals put forth by TRAI.
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