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Shiv Cable Network v/s Star Den Media Services Pvt. Ltd


Company & Directors' Information:- G L MEDIA SERVICES LIMITED [Active] CIN = U22110AS1992PLC003745

Company & Directors' Information:- C-STAR MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U92111TG2000PTC034196

Company & Directors' Information:- MEDIA STAR PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74300MH2001PTC132605

Company & Directors' Information:- J AND K MEDIA NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U72200JK2000PTC002082

Company & Directors' Information:- C P MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U65921DL1997PTC089994

Company & Directors' Information:- NETWORK 1 MEDIA PRIVATE LIMITED. [Strike Off] CIN = U92111DL2000PTC108119

Company & Directors' Information:- INDIA MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U72200WB2000PTC162796

Company & Directors' Information:- STAR E-SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U64202DL2005PTC139998

Company & Directors' Information:- D T NETWORK SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74900AP2015PTC097416

Company & Directors' Information:- DEN (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U73100MH2000PTC128523

Company & Directors' Information:- K. P. CABLE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U64204MH2003PTC143572

Company & Directors' Information:- STAR INDIA SERVICES LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U80301TG2000PLC034288

Company & Directors' Information:- MEDIA NETWORK (I) PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U09211DL1996PTC082942

Company & Directors' Information:- E-MEDIA SERVICES (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74200TN2007PTC065700

Company & Directors' Information:- MEDIA CABLE NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Under Process of Striking Off] CIN = U72900BR2005PTC011374

Company & Directors' Information:- R S CABLE & MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U92100PB2008PTC031978

Company & Directors' Information:- M I NETWORK SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U72900UP2002PTC026472

Company & Directors' Information:- S. G. MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U22300DL2010PTC199575

Company & Directors' Information:- R V NETWORK SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U52599PB2002PTC025315

Company & Directors' Information:- G G S CABLE NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U92100PB2011PTC035388

Company & Directors' Information:- M. H. CABLE NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74999MH2016PTC288041

Company & Directors' Information:- C K CABLE NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U64203TG2013PTC087887

Company & Directors' Information:- C R MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U74999WB2011PTC161444

Company & Directors' Information:- MEDIA SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74899DL1995PTC069853

Company & Directors' Information:- S S R MEDIA NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U74900DL2011PTC225216

Company & Directors' Information:- STAR NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U80301DL2005PTC136600

Company & Directors' Information:- K P B MEDIA NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U22300MP2010PTC023786

Company & Directors' Information:- NETWORK SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED [Active] CIN = U64120GJ2013PTC075381

Company & Directors' Information:- CABLE MEDIA NETWORK PRIVATE LIMITED [Strike Off] CIN = U64204KL1995PTC009824

    Petition No.239 (C) of 2011

    Decided On, 02 June 2011

    At, Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal New Delhi

    By, THE HONOURABLE MR. JUSTICE S.B. SINHA
    By, CHAIRPERSON
    By, THE HONOURABLE G. D. GAIHA
    By, MEMBER & THE HONOURABLE MR. P.K. RASTOGI
    By, MEMBER

    For the Petitioner: Mr.Tejveer Singh Bhatia, Advocate. For the Respondent: Mr. Gaurab Juneja, Ms. Garima Sharma, Advocates.



Judgment Text

S.B. Sinha

Petitioner is a Multi Service Operator. It is a partnership firm. The said firm started its operation w.e.f. 19.1.2011 as would appear from a deed of partnership dated 19.1.2011. It, however, purported to have filed an application for grant of certificate with a view to operate as a Local Cable Operator from the Post Master of Head Post Office, Panipat and the requisite certificate was granted on 28.12.2010.

Petitioner made a request to respondent for supply of its channels on 9.2.2011 without furnishing any details as is required under the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection Regulations, 2004 (the Regulations) and in particular the provisions of Clause 9.2 thereof.

It annexed some documents with its letter dated 14.2.2011 including the aforementioned partnership deed, the registration certificate, the map showing its area of operation including Sector 11 and Sector 12, some house numbers where it supplies the signals of some of the broadcasters.

Respondent by its letter dated 21.2.2011 sought for further information. A copy of the application form as has been prescribed by it was also supplied. The said application, however, is not complete as several blanks have not been filled up.

The said application was received by respondent on 2.5.2011. This petition was filed on 5.5.2011. Mr. Gaurab Juneja, learned counsel appearing on behalf of respondent would submit that the period of 60 days having not expired from the date of receipt of the first request of petitioner and moreover, the list of subscriber supplied by it may not be verifiable as it does not tally with the area of operation and furthermore in view of the fact that the application form is not complete, this petition is not maintainable.

Mr. Tejveer Singh Bhatia, learned counsel appearing on behalf of petitioner, however, would urge that it is not necessary to file an application in the prescribed form. The learned counsel would contend that the respondent having received the informations from the petitioner in terms of its letter dated 14.3.2011, which has been dispatched on 17.2.2011 and it having not made ‘offers’ to petitioner on reasonable terms and having not sought for any other or further informations, its request must be held to have fulfilled the requirements of Clause 3.2 of the Regulations.

The petitioner being a MSO was required to have a postal registration certificate in terms of the provisions of Section 3 of the Cable T.V. Networks (Regulations) Act, 1995 and Rule 3 of the Cable T.V. Network Rules, 1994. The form appended to the said Rules postulates an application to be filed by a ‘person’. The application for registration is to be filed in the prescribed form as laid down in Rule 5 of the Rules. Such an application is required to be filed by an ‘individual’, ‘firm’, ‘company’, association of persons or body of individuals. The petitioner having commenced its business from 19.1.2011, it could not have filed any application for grant of a registration certificate in terms of Section 3 of the 1995 Act and Rule 3 of the 1994 Rules prior to the said date. Moreover, although, the list of subscribers contains some details; they are not verifiable. It is confined to Sector 11 and Sector 12 of the town although, the petitioner’s area of operation is larger. It also does not fulfil the requirements of Clause 9.1 and 9.2 of the Regulations.

The petitioner was entitled to furnish the informations which were required of it by respondent in terms of its letter dated 21.2.2O11. It is not the case of the petitioner that the information sought for by the respondent which was required to be supplied and as contained in the application form are not relevant. Some of the relevant information has not been supplied. We, therefore, are of the opinion that this petition is not maintainable. it is dismissed accordingly. We, however, are of the view that in the event the petitioner files a fresh application furnishing all the details, the same may be considered by the respondent as early as possible and preferably within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt thereof.

We are aware that ordinarily such an application is required to be dealt with by the Broadcaster within a period of 60 days but keeping in view that this petition remained pending before this Tribunal for

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some time and furthermore in view of the fact that the petitioner has furnished some details to respondent, it may consider the desirability of responding to such an application within the aforementioned period. This direction of ours, however, is not imperative in character. It, however, goes without saying that the petitioner, as a firm, must apply for grant of a registration certificate afresh. This petition is dismissed with the aforementioned observations with no order as to costs.
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