MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has granted further two weeks’ time to Kamyab Television Pvt Ltd for submitting a time schedule for payment of the admitted dues to Union of India and Antrix TV.
Kamyab TV had asked for an extension of time to clear the dues in the last hearing as well, which was duly granted by the tribunal. However, TDSAT in its latest order has cleared that any further time in the matter will be allotted on appropriate costs.
The next hearing of the case is now scheduled on 9 August.
Kamyab TV had moved TDSAT earlier this year against Union of India, as the space allotted to it on INSAT-4A was de-activated in February 2017 i.e. about two years back for dues of approximately Rs 5 crore as alleged by the Union of India. The former quoted the due amount to be Rs 3.89 crore and expressed its desire to pay the dues in installments.
Following that, Kamyab TV also filed another application in TDSAT asking Antrix to issue a NOC so that it may be able to avail the Space Segment Service Agreement from the authorised service provider, which was denied by the latter on the grounds of non-payment of entire admitted dues.
Kamyab Television had submitted that only Rs 1 crore could be arranged and paid immediately to Antrix for urgent issue of NOC and on when it will resume the business, the rest dues will be cleared off from its earnings.
TDSAT had noted that Kamyab Television Pvt Ltd’s offer of an upfront payment of Rs. 1 crore for NOC is not good enough unless it provides a specific time schedule for the payment of the entire admitted dues of Rs. 3.98 crores approximately only.
Kamyab TV had asked for a short adjournment for instructions and, if possible, to submit a reasonable time schedule for payment of the admitted dues, which was granted. In the last hearing, Kamyab TV asked for additional time to set the schedule, which was also granted.