TRAI’s 27.5 per cent inflation-linked tariff hike case for non-addressable system, which was set aside by TDSAT was challenged by the broadcaster in the Supreme Court. Although the matter came up for hearing on 8th July in the apex court before the bench of Justices MY Eqbal and C Nagappan, the court has adjourned the case till 21st July.
In a notice issued to the respondents- Centre for Transforming India (CTI) as well as direct-to-home (DTH) and cable TV operators, the bench has asked them to file replies to the notice before 21 July.
Sources reveal that the multi-system operators (MSOs) and DTH operators have also been orally directed by the bench not to ask for any adjustments or refunds from the broadcasters in the interim.
In the earlier hearing, the apex court had asked the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the main petitioner in the case, to implead the DTH players by filing necessary applications.
The appellant side, which includes broadcasters like- Star India, Vijay Television, Viacom18 and Sun TV, are seeking interim protection against the TDSAT order that set aside Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) 27.5 per cent inflation-linked tariff hike for non-addressable systems.
The respondents comprising CFI and Home Cable Network argued that the appeal itself was not admissible as there was no substantial question of law.