TDSAT orders Asianet systems' audit in dispute with Taj TV

NEW DELHI: The Broadcast Engineering Consultants (India) Ltd (BECIL) has been directed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to carry out commercial audit of the system of Asianet Satellite Communication Ltd following its miscellaneous application against Taj TV Pvt Ltd.

Tribunal member B B Srivastava said in his order of 6 September that a report should be submitted within four weeks taking into account the concerns raised by Taj TV and the reply of the petitioner. Taj TV will bear the cost subject to final adjudication by the tribunal regarding the responsibility for payment of the cost of audit.

Hearing on this application has been listed for 18 October, 2016.

The order came after Asianet counsel Shirin Khajuria submitted that her client had reservations to the contentions by Taj TV in its reply and that these were mala fide. She said her client was not averse to the audit by BECIL.

With reference to another pending application, Taj TV was directed to file its reply within a week. Taj TV Counsel Upender Thakur submitted that he would make available in a sealed cover to the tribunal documents enumerated in para 6 of that application within the same period. This application will be heard on 20 September, 2016.

Khajuria also submitted that Taj TV may be directed to file on oath all the documents and information as mentioned in para 6 of this second application with a view to ensure supply of signals on non- discriminatory and reasonable basis in the State of Karnataka.

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