Tamilan Television withdraws writ petition impleading MIB, TRAI and Bharti Telemedia in Madras High Court

Tamilan Television withdraws writ petition impleading MIB, TRAI and Bharti Telemedia in Madras High Court

Tamilan TV withdraws petition against Bharti Telemedia filed in Madras High Court. Court tells Tamilan TV MIB and TRAI have nothing to do with a private dispute.

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Tamilan Kalaikoodam Private Limited has withdrawn its written writ petition filed in the Madras High Court against TRAI, MIB, and Bharti Telemedia.

The company which owns and runs Tamilan TV had filed a writ petition impleading the Telecom Regulator Authority of India and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as the respondents along with Bharti Telemedia. The company’s prayer in the writ petition filed under Article 226 of the constitution of India was to issue a Writ of Mandamus, directing TRAI and MIB to issue a suitable direction to Bharti Telemedia to revive Tamilan TV’s connection instantly based on the representation made by the broadcaster on 24 April to TRAI and MIB.

The court pointed out that the matter in issue in the writ petition is a private dispute between the broadcaster and Bharti Telemedia and it has not been shown as to how TRAI and MIB were expected to resolve the same. Learned counsel for the broadcaster following the court’s note asked for the permission of the court to withdraw the petition and made an endorsement to that effect.

Airtel Digital TV had disconnected the signals of Tamilan TV on its platforms from April 2 had issued a disconnection notice 15 days back.

Taking note of the counsel’s reply the court dismissed the writ petition as withdrawn. Tamilan TV’s counsel submitted that the dismissal of the writ petition ought not to be construed by the DTH operator as precluding the broadcaster from agitating its rights before the competent forum.

The court noted that it is needless to add here that the court has expressed no views on the entitlement or correctness of the claims made by the broadcasters in this regard.

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