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TDSAT asks Taj TV to restore UCN Cable signals subject to dues payment

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Tribunal (TDSAT) today directed Taj Television to restore signals to UCN Cable Network by tomorrow (10 June, 2015) provided the multi-satellite operator (MSO) pays to it a sum of Rs 1.5 crore within a week from today and another sum of Rs 1.5 crore within four weeks from the date of the first payment.

The vacation bench of TDSAT chairman Aftab Alam and member B B Srivastava made it clear that this on account payment “shall be without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the parties.”

This admitted petition was filed against the disconnection notices and according to the notices, Taj TV’s dues against UCN Cable for Digital Addressable System (DAS) and non-DAS areas amounts to Rs 4.4 crore as on 20 April, 2015. In pursuance of the notices, the respondent has disconnected the supply of its signals to the petitioner on 27 May, 2015.

Apart from the aforesaid on account payment, UCN Cable will also pay Taj TV a monthly subscription fees as per the invoices raised by the respondent. In case of default in payment of the installments and / or monthly subscription fees as per the invoices of Taj TV, it will be open to it to disconnect the supply of its signals without any further orders from the Tribunal.

The matter has been listed on 17 July for further directions. Meanwhile, Taj TV was asked to file its reply within three weeks and UCN Cable to file its rejoinder if any within two weeks of that.

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