TDSAT fines Siti Cable for disobeying orders & contempt

NEW DELHI: Siti Cable has been fined Rs 2 lakh and asked to tender an unqualified apology to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) for disobeying its order as well as for attempting to cover up its actions.

The directive came on a contempt petition in the matter relating to UCN Cable Network against Sambuddha Cable Network and Quality Cable Network.

TDSAT chairman Aftab Alam and members Kuldip Singh and B B Srivastava noted that the parties were in the process of settlement “as is generally the practice in the broadcasting sector.”

Disposing the contempt petition, the main matter was listed for 29 February.

Earlier, Siti Cable counsel Arun Kathpalia “in great fairness stated that notwithstanding the settlement with the petitioner, Siti Cable remains answerable to the Tribunal.”

Kathpalia accepted what was asked of Siti Cable and submitted that an apology on affidavit and the payment of cost will be made within two weeks.

The Tribunal said the amount of cost will be paid to TDSAT Employees Welfare Society.

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