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TRAI vs broadcasters on NTO 2.0: Bombay HC original bench to hear the case on August 12

The matter also reached TDSAT where TRAI’s counsel pleaded not to stay the fresh direction assuring no coercive action by the regulator until Bombay High Court passes the order

The division bench of Justice AA Sayed and Justice Anuja Prabhudessai of Bombay High Court, which reserved the order in TRAI vs broadcasters case on March 4 over NTO 2.0, will hear the matter on August 12, at 11.30 am.

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and other broadcasters had approached the Bombay High Court over the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) July 24 directive, asking all broadcasters to comply with NTO 2.0 by August 10, despite the fact that the matter is sub judice and the final judgment has been reserved by the court.

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TRAI counsel had last week assured another bench of Bombay High Court that it will not take any coercive action regarding the implementation of NTP 2.0 until original bench issues its order.

The matter also reached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) where Discovery Communications filed a separate petition highlighting how TRAI has directed to publish RIO when the matter was already pending in Bombay High Court.

According to the sources, TDSAT not only wanted to stay the implementation of NTO 2.0 but also advised Discovery counsel to file a contempt petition in Bombay HC.

Senior counsel Mahinder Singh appearing for Discovery appealed to the TDSAT Chairman to give direction while assuring to pursue the matter in Bombay HC. TRAI’s counsel then assured TDSAT that there will not be any coercive action until Bombay HC passes the order.

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