SC dismisses as withdrawn IBF petition challenging Bombay HC's DAS III stay order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court dismissed as withdrawn, the petition by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) challenging the Bombay High Court order on the Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III implementation.

The two-judge bench of the court headed by Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar said that a reading of the Bombay High Court’s order did not necessitate any action by the Supreme Court. The court asked the petitioners the grounds on which the High Court order were being challenged.

Justice Khehar observed that a reading of Bombay High Court doesn't imply any pan India's stay. 

Senior advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that other High Courts have also given stay orders in this matter.

Thereupon, Justice Khehar said in that case IBF should have impugned the other orders and not merely to the Bombay High Court.

Thereafter, Dr Singhvi withdrew the petition in light of observations made by the judge. It is learnt that a similar petition by the I&B ministry will be up for hearing on 24 February. learns that several caveats have been filed by stakeholders who have approached various High Court in the country and got a stay of implementation of DAS Phase III.

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