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'Civil court disallowed disconnection, made no comment on cable pricing'

MUMBAI: It appears that the media (including this website) got it wrong on the contents of a ruling delivered by a city civil court on Friday on a petition filed by Ahmed Abdi, president of the Mumbai-based Consumer Action Network

The president of the Federation of Cable Operator Association (FCAO) Ravi Singh clarified today that city civil judge RS Dalvi in her ruling had made no comment on the pricing of cable channels but had only ordered that the cable operators were disallowed from disconnecting connections of the plaintiffs until further orders.

This is contrary to the reports that said that Friday's ruling means that that cable television subscribers in Mumbai's suburbs will now have to pay only Rs 110 per month as subscription fees for all channels, including pay ones, till the time that CAS takes effect in their area.

The respondents in the suit filed by Abdi were Seven Star Cable and Cable Video Network, both based in the western Mumbai suburb of Andheri. The fact that both defendents were absent during the hearing is what increased the confusion around this case. The next date of hearing of the case is 17 October. 

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