TDSAT asks Star to show cause on Rudhrapur Cable Network's contempt proceeding

NEW DELHI: Notice has been issued to Star India to show cause why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against it for not complying with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) order of 18 August relating to Rudhrapur Cable Network.

Star India was asked to respond within a week with TDSAT listing the matter for 7 October. 

The Cable Network had come to the Tribunal seeking a direction to Star India for supply of its signals to the petitioner for retransmission in the areas of Rudrapur, Gadarpur, Kichha and rural areas.

The Tribunal after arguments had directed that the parties should enter into an interconnect agreement without any delay applicable till 31 December, 2015. The areas under the interconnect agreement would be exactly same as the areas of the STN Television Network in Rudrapur, the Tribunal had said and added that following the execution of the agreement, the decoder boxes will be issued simultaneously to the petitioner for all the channels. 

It had been argued by Star at that time that areas under question are in the third phase of DAS notification, hence as currently these areas are in the analogue mode and they are due to come under the DAS regime after 31 December, 2015. Star also declined to give signals to the petitioner on ground that STN has objected to any supply of signals to the petitioner on the ground that it owed large sum of money to STN. 

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