Nimbus challenges Government direction in HC

Published: Monday, January 22, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Nimbus Communications, the owner of Neo Sports, today approached the Delhi High Court challenging the Central Government's guidelines to the private channels to share the live feed of the ongoing India-West Indies cricket series with the public broadcaster-Prasar Bharti.

Counsel Gopal Jain appearing before a bench of Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna mentioned the matter in the morning and the court posted the petition for hearing tomorrow.

The Law Firm Karenjewalla&Co, which filed the petition on behalf of the Nimbus Communications, sought the direction of the Court to stay the guidelines of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

The petition said the government should not use any coercive measures against the sports channel to share its 'live feed' of the ongoing cricket series, as it would violate the Article 14 and 19 of the Indian Constitution ensuring Fundamental Rights to a citizen or company to profess any profession.

It said the guidelines of the government were arbitrary, whimsical, contrary to law and against the Supreme Court directive.

Nimbus had bought the telecast right from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for over 612 million Dollars to telecast all matches in India.

Nimbus had offered to provide encrypted signals to the DD for the ongoing cricket series to restrict the viewers from neighbouring countries to download it.

Nimbus chief Harish Thawani had said that the satellites used by DD have significant signal dispersion into many neighbouring countries, often as far as the Middle East and Singapore and the business of the channel in these countries would be affected.

The private channel had also offered to give the 'dirty feed' with advertisements, but the DD wanted only 'clean feed' to show it with its own advertisements.


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