20 September 2018
Hon’ble Supreme Court adjourns the star’s challenge to TRAI regulations due to paucity of time, adjourns matter to 22nd october
The Hon’ble Supreme Court on the hearing dated 18.09.2018 has adjourned the Star India versus Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) matter to 22 October as the bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra could not take up the matter. The matter which was expected to be taken up on 5 September has been getting adjourned. After several adjournments, the matter was listed for 19 September however it could not be taken up by the bench. The civil appeal filed by Star India and Vijay Television challenging the Madras High Court order allowing the TRAI tariff order and interconnect regulation was admitted on 20 July. Despite the fact that the case has been moving at a slow pace since the notice got issued to the Government of India entities, Star India is yet to file its reference interconnect offer (RIO) declaring MRP and bouquet rates. Most of the other pay-TV broadcasters have published their Reference Interconnect Offers “RIOs” subject to the outcome of the case. It is interesting to note that in a similar challenge to the new TRAI Regulations and Tariff Order of 2017, Senior Counsels on behalf of TRAI have verbally assured the division bench of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court that TRAI will not take adverse action against parties for non compliance of the Regulations and Tariff Order. The matter is now listed for arguments before the Hon’ble Supreme Court on 22nd of October, 2018.