The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) and other petitioners have sought time to go through the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India‘s (TRAI) reply.
Meanwhile, TRAI has filed a lengthy reply to the IBF and other broadcasters’ writ petitions. The petitioners have been granted one week’s time to go through the reply and file a rejoinder if required.
In earlier hearing, the court had also refused to stay the amendments to the new regulatory framework.
The IBF along with Star India, ZEEL, TV18, Viacom18, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), Zoom Entertainment and Film & Television Producers Guild of India had challenged the TRAI’s new amendments stating that they infringe on their fundamental rights.
The court had not granted any interim relief, there is an understanding that the TRAI may not take coercive action against the broadcasters since the matter is sub-judice. The broadcasters had to file modified reference interconnect offers (RIOs) by 15th January.