Bombay HC adjourns NTO 2.0 matter to 2 March

Bombay HC adjourns NTO 2.0 matter to 2 March

The Bombay High Court has adjourned the new tariff order (NTO) 2.0 matter to 2nd March. The HC has not passed an interim order even as the NTO 2.0 is supposed to come into effect from 1st March.

The TRAI is not pushing for the implementation of NTO 2.0 since the matter is sub-judice. The NTO 2.0 has also been challenged by other stakeholders like the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF).

Earlier, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had told the Bombay High Court that it cannot defer the implementation of the NTO 2.0 which has been challenged by the broadcasters.

The bench of Justice Anuja Prabhudesai and Justice AA Sayed had asked TRAI if the NTO 2.0 implementation can be deferred since the implementation date is 1st March and it may not be possible to hear the case in such a short span of time and pass orders on interim relief sought.

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Star India, Sony, ZEEL, Viacom18, Disney India, The Film and Television Producers Guild of India, Asianet Star Communications, NGC Network India, and TV18 Broadcast have challenged the NTO 2.0.

They had sought a stay on the amended tariff order and regulations contending that the TRAI sought to overhaul the entire method and manner in which broadcasters conduct their business. The broadcasters have challenged TRAI’s decision to reduce MRP cap to Rs 12 from Rs 19, the imposition of twin conditions on bouquet pricing, and restricting incentives only to a la carte.