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TDSAT directs Meghbala to pay Rs 1.6 cr to Star India within 1 week

Star India issued a notice to Meghbala Cable on 13 August

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MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Meghbala Cable And Broadband Services Pvt Ltd, in an order dated on 2 September, to pay Rs 1.5 crore to Star India within one week. The cable service provider has been instructed to pay the balance amount of the total outstanding due within a period for further two weeks.

Star India issued a notice to Meghbala Cable on 13 August disclosing that the latter is required to clear the outstanding dues upto invoiced amount for June aggregating to Rs 2,62,97,810. According to the notice, the cable service provider was supposed to pay the required amount on 3 September.

Learned counsel for Meghbala Cable has submitted that it has reduced the outstanding dues over a period of three months and hence some more accommodation will enable them to liquidate the entire arrears so that it may start paying the current invoiced amounts in accordance with the agreement and the industrial practice.

“Evidently, the petitioner (Meghbala Cable ) will be liable to pay the invoiced amount even for subsequent months like July and August, 2019 very soon. Therefore, only a limited accommodation can be granted to the petitioner to clear the outstanding dues covered by the notice. For that purpose, we direct that respondent (Star India) shall not give effect to the impugned notice until further orders if the petitioner pays amount of Rs 1.5 crore within one week from today and the balance amount within a period for further two weeks. We trust that petitioner shall make efforts to pay the future invoiced amount within stipulated time,” TDSAT said in an order on 2 September.

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