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Don't disconnect signals to part-paying MSO, ZEEL directed

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NEW DELHI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd has been directed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal not to disconnect the signals to Seven Star Dot Com Pvt Ltd provided the latter keeps paying the monthly subscription on the basis of invoices raised.

Listing the matter for further hearing on 16 September, the tribunal member B B Srivastava, on 2 September 2016, said that the Tribunal had been informed by Seven Star counsel Naveen Chawla that a sum of Rs 50 lakh had been paid by his client as an on-account payment.

The Tribunal said this payment would be without prejudice to the rights and contentions of both the parties and will be subject to the final order of the Tribunal.

In another case, the Tribunal adjourned to 21 September 2016 a matter by Hathway Cable and Datacom Ltd after the Tribunal was informed that Pragya Vision Pvt Ltd had only paid two cheques of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10,000 against the demand of Rs 94,11,572. Adjourning the matter, the Tribunal directed that the Managing Director of Pragya Vision – who was present – will be present on the next date as well. The counsel for Pragya said his client would submit an affidavit about the schedule of payments.

In a third case the same day, INX News Pvt Ltd Mumbai counsel Nittin Bhatia informed the Tribunal that four instalments of the payments due to Manthan Broadband of Kolkata had been made. But, the matter was put off to 13 September 2016 as Mathan counsel Anurup Narula wanted time to respond to the reply to its miscellaneous application filed by INX.

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