Delhi High Court issued a notice to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to explain how broadcasters collected crores of rupees from the Subscribers / TV Viewers on the basis of its 11th and 13th Tariff Amendment Orders.
The court was responding to plea by an NGO which said that Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had set aside the case and remanded it over to TRAI.
TRAI has to file its reply by 11 September, 2019 i.e. the next date of the hearing.
According to the petitioners, the collection of money by broadcasters was illegal after the Supreme Court order of 2015 was applied. They also had to maintain a separate account for this money collected from customers / subscribers.
Post the implementation of the framework, the money was to be returned to the customers but TRAI transferred the matter to I&B Ministry.