Bombay High Court Reserves Verdict On Pleas Against Telecom Regulator's New Tariff Order

The petitioners approached the excessive courtroom earlier this month (File)

Mumbai:

The Bombay Excessive Court docket on Wednesday reserved its verdict on a bunch of petitions filed by tv broadcasters difficult the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s new tariff order.

A bench of Justices Amjad Sayed and Anuja Prabhudessai is now more likely to pronounce its verdict on August 24.

Solicitor Normal Tushar Mehta, who appeared for Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Wednesday, gave the bench an oral assurance that TRAI would defer implementation of its new tariff order until August 25 and won’t take any coercive steps in opposition to the broadcasters until then.

The petitioners approached the excessive courtroom earlier this month, difficult a July 24 notification issued by TRAI asking them to implement its new tariff order.

The brand new tariff order was issued in January this yr.

It imposes decrease charges, and a value cap on the subscription charges for pay channels, amongst different issues.

The broadcasters challenged the brand new tariffs, saying the amended laws have been “arbitrary and violative of their basic rights”.

The bench led by Justice Sayed heard the petitioners at size between February and March this yr and reserved orders. The courtroom at the moment had not handed any interim orders.

On July 24, TRAI issued a notification, warning broadcasters of coercive motion if they didn’t implement the brand new tariff order.

The broadcasters then approached the excessive courtroom difficult such notification, saying, amongst different issues, that because the matter was already subjudice, the regulatory physique couldn’t compel them to implement the tariff plan.

TRAI maintained that the excessive courtroom had not handed any orders restraining it from implementing these laws. It, thus, requested all broadcasters to adjust to the brand new tariff order by August 10.

Due to this fact, the Indian Broadcasting Basis, a consultant physique of TV channels, and a number of other broadcasters moved the excessive courtroom once more this month, difficult the July 24 instructions and looking for a keep on its operation until the courtroom determined the matter lastly.

On January 1, 2020, TRAI issued new tariff guidelines by which costs of the Community Capability Price (NCF) have been lowered, benefiting shoppers.

Beforehand, a sum of Rs 130 was relevant for all free-to-air channels and shoppers wanted to pay extra with a purpose to watch further channels.

After the amendments to broadcast sector tariffs, shoppers pays Rs 130 as NCF cost, however will probably be entitled to get 200 channels.

The brand new plan additionally imposed a value cap on the subscription charge of particular person pay channels.

As per the brand new plan, shoppers will probably be allowed to decide on the TV channels they need to watch, as a substitute of getting to go for pre set channel bouquets.

The brand new tariffs have been to initially come into impact from March 1, 2020.

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