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TRAI QoS implementation stayed by Delhi HC awaiting Madras HC verdict

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MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has stayed TRAI's QoS regulations till the time the Madras High Court gives its judgement in TRAI tariff order case.

Earlier, joining issues with a petition being heard by the Supreme Court on a similar matter, the Madras High Court had, three weeks ago, directed the federal government to clarify on the existing regulatory setup governing contents aired by television channels in India. The Supreme Court is hearing a similar case and has enquired from the central government whether it had a proper mechanism in place to regulate TV content.

Prior to that, the Madras HC had, on 31 July, reserved orders on the Star India-Vijay TV challenge to the jurisdiction of TRAI to issue tariff orders.  The court received a compliance report from its registry that all parties had filed their written submissions.

In the most recent development, the Delhi High Court bench, comprising acting chief justice Gita Mittal and justice C Hari Shankar, stated that it would wait for the verdict of the Madras High Court in relation to the tariff order dispute before deciding on the prayers of Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia. Till that time, the implementation of TRAI tariff order, interconnect regulations and QoS (quality of service) and  consumer protection regulations would not be effected.

The two companies had questioned the validity of the QoS.

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