New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 3 March adjourned to 30 March, hearing on a petition by Neo Sports Broadcast Pvt Ltd’s challenging the Rs.37.25 bouquet price prescribed by TRAI for its channels Neo Sports and Neo Sports Plus.
A bench comprising Justice S.B. Sinha and Justice Markandey Katju after hearing the preliminary arguments of Neo Sports Broadcast adjourned the matter for four weeks.
However, it observed that the Delhi High Court’s order will not have any influence on the final judgement of the broadcast tribunal TDSAT.
Senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the channel, had sought adjournment for four weeks on the ground that the matter was listed for final hearing before broadcast tribunal TDSAT on 13 March.
The Delhi High Court on 22 January had dismissed the broadcaster’s application and upheld sector regulator TRAI’s order fixing Rs.37.25 as bouquet price for the two channels.
However, the High Court had observed that if Nimbus succeeded in the appeal filed before TDSAT they would be entitled to recover their cost at the rate of Rs.58.50.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its 11 January order, had directed the broadcaster to reduce its bouquet price to Rs.37.25 from Rs.58.50 in non-CAS areas and to price the channels at Rs.5 in CAS areas.
Neo Sport’s in its petition stated that TRAI cannot fix tariff under Section 13 (2) of TRAI Act and it can only be fixed under Section 11(2) which gives the power to the regulator to fix prices.