Canara Star, an independent multi-system operator (MSO) of Karnataka gets relief from TDSAT against disconnection of signals of Star India. TDSAT has asked Star India not to disconnect signals to Karnataka-based, provided the latter clears its dues.
The MSO had filed two petitions pertaining to two different areas against disconnection notices for non-payment of subscription dues.
The total outstanding amount in the two petitions are Rs 32.96 lakh (Rs 3.3 million) apart from the Monthly subscription that the MSO must continue to pay.
Jayant Mehta, counsel for the petitioner, stated that the petitioner shall pay a sum of Rs 15 lakh by 20 February and the balance dues by 31 March.
The MSO has also requested to reduce the monthly subscription that the Broadcaster increased on the allegation that he was doing piracy in an area not included in the agreement. Mehta said that it was some unauthorised person who was indulging in piracy of the respondent’s signals but the blame was coming on him.
The tribunal said that the issue is beyond the scope of the present petition but asked the respondent to address this issue in its reply.
The tribunal has asked Star to file the reply within two weeks. Rejoinder, if any, may be filed within two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of the reply.
The matter has been put up under the same heading on 5 March.