Keeping the Ten Sports' appeal for final hearing on March 17, the court directed Doordarshan and Prasar Bharti to deposit Rs 10 crore with the Registrar General of the Supreme Court, pending adjudication of the dispute.
The court directed DD to carry the signals of Ten Sports along with the advertisements given by the foreign sports channel during the live telecast of the matches.
The TAJ Private (India) Ltd said that it does not own the rights over the telecast signals generated from Pakistan. It said giving simultaneous telecast feed to DD was a breach of its contract with the original telecast rights holder, TAJ TV Private Ltd, Dubai and hence, expressed apprehensions that the signals of live telecast may not be shown in India at all.
Deferring final hearing till Wednesday on the appeal filed by TAJ TV India Pvt Ltd challenging orders of High Courts in Chennai and Mumbai directing it to share live feed with DD, a three-judge Bench comprising Chief Justice V N Khare, Justice S B Sinha and Justice S H Kapadia directed that the national channel will show the telecast in totality without substituting the original advertisements of Ten Sports with its own.
In a bid to absolve it of future contempt proceedings, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Indian distributor of Ten Sports, said the directive of the Court would amount to breach of its contract with the Dubai company and it may not receive the live telecast signal for the Tuesday's match.