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TDSAT gives Maharashtra's World Vision final chance to present case against Indiacast

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NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has given World Vision Cable Network, Maharashtra, one final chance to present its case against Indiacast UTV Media Distribution on 10 February.

Noting that no one had appeared in the hearing, TDSAT chairperson Aftab Alam and members Kuldip Singh and B B Srivastava said, "If no one appears on the next date, the petition may be dismissed for non-prosecution."

The Tribunal noted that it appeared that after filing the petition, World Vision had lost interest in the matter but listed the matter for next month "as an indulgence."

In the order of 14 December, 2015, the Tribunal had noted that World Vision's area of operation was coming under the Digital Addressable System (DAS) regime from 1 January, 2016 and it was observed that any final order on the petition may be passed only after the Tribunal was satisfied that World Vision was in a position to continue with its operations under the DAS regime with effect from the new year.  

As an interim measure, Indiacast UTV Media was directed to restore the supply of its signals to World Vision on Rs 2 lakh on-account payment. 

However, the Tribunal was informed by Indiacast counsel Shashank Shekhar that signals had not been restored as no payment had been made. 

Shekhar also said no documents had been furnished to his client for making fresh arrangements for supply of signals in digital mode on a down-graded subscriber base.

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