October 24, 2020 12:10:10 am
The Bombay Excessive Court docket has directed TV In the present day Community Ltd to deposit with it the Rs 5 lakh wonderful imposed on it by the Broadcast Viewers Analysis Council (BARC) in lieu of safety from doable coercive motion.
A division bench of Justice Nitin M Jamdar and Justice Milind N Jadhav was listening to TV In the present day’s plea towards a July 31 BARC order and warning letter imposing the wonderful on the community and alleging “viewership malpractice” and violation of the Council’s code of conduct.
The channel has petitioned the court docket to quash and put aside BARC’s order. It has additionally sought interim safety towards any doable coercive motion by the BARC towards it.
The BARC order was primarily based on a showcause discover to TV In the present day alleging that there was ‘a major irregular bounce’ within the every day common attain of its channels with none distribution enchancment. It had stated that the identical could also be attributable to influencing the panel households which was strictly prohibited by the Code of Conduct associated to redressing viewership malpractices.
Senior counsel Veerendra Tulzapurkar and advocate Abhinav Chandrachud stated that BARC failed to provide proof to show allegations and had handed the order with out cause.
After listening to submissions, the bench in its order famous, “It is going to be open to TV In the present day Community with out prejudice to its rights and contentions to deposit the quantity of Rs 5 lakh as directed by the BARC’s Disciplinary Council within the registry of this court docket. If this quantity is deposited no coercive steps will probably be taken towards TV In the present day in the mean time.”
The court docket will hear the case subsequent on November 5.
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