TDSAT postpones interim order on DEN's request to avail ZEE signals on RIO till 2 Feb 2018

The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ordered DEN Networks to continue telecasting the channels of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEE) as per the agreement which expired on December 31, 2017. It has however, postponed the case till the next hearing on 2nd February 2018. TDSAT, in its order dated January 15, 2018 has also asked DEN to pay Rs 5 crore immediately and another Rs 5 crore in one week. 

Meanwhile, the Tribunal has also asked DEN to reconcile the outstanding dues, which, as per ZEE, are more than Rs 39.50 crore and present the correct facts before TDSAT. Additionally, DEN has to ensure that its SMS and CAS systems are in compliance with all the requirements as per regulations in terms of Schedule I of the TRAI Act. 

The case of ZEE is that since SMS and CAS of DEN are not compliant with the regulations, hence TV channels cannot be provided to DEN on RIO. Further, since DEN has failed to pay the outstanding of more than Rs 39.50 crore, DEN is a defaulter and not entitled to ZEE’s TV channels. 

Signals of ZEE were switched off in many places by DEN Networks while the petition was pending, however DEN would now have to operate in terms of its agreement that expired on December 31, 2017 till further orders of TDSAT.


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