An interim reprieve to Dish TV

Dish TV has been given an interim reprieve by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in a case regarding a disconnection notice by Star India. In order to avoid disconnection of Star India’s signals, Dish TV has been directed by the Tribunal to pay Rs 55 crore to the broadcaster.

After being served the disconnection by Star India on July 3, 2019, Dish TV had filed a petition in TDSAT. Star India in its notice had disclosed the financial arrangements between the broadcaster and Dish TV, which led to a settlement MoU between the two parties on December 12, 2018. Dish TV’s liabilities amounted to around Rs 554 crore, out of which the DTH service provider had paid a sum of around Rs 553 crore. That left an outstanding balance of Rs 8,370,895 as on July 22, 2019 in respect of billing till January 2019.

During the period February to May 2019, Dish TV was billed for a further amount of around Rs 284 crore, including the balance outstanding of Rs 8,370,895. The interest component was not included in this. Dish TV now seeks to liquidate the arrears by disclosing in paragraph 11 of the petition that it shall pay Rs 55 crore by or before July 31, 2019. It also proposes to pay two tranches of Rs 100 crore each in August 2019 and September 2019.

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