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Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:42

Govt, PB, BCCI get notice on a PIL on Sports Act

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On 1 may, the Delhi High Court sent notices to the government, Prasar Bharti and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on a PIL challenging the provision of the Sports Act that restricts the transmission of the live broadcast of sporting events of national importance to Prasar Bharti’s terrestrial and DTH networks.

As per PIL, restriction of the airing of sporting events to Prasar Bharati’s terrestrial and DTH networks defeats the purpose of the Sports Act which is to enable everyone to access such sporting events free of cost.

In his PIL, Jain has contended that section 3(1) of the Act prevents citizens from freely accessing sporting events of national importance on any other digital platform except the terrestrial and DTH networks of DD. Therefore, the petition has sought setting aside of section 3(1) of the Sports Act.

The matter will be heard on 22 July.

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