The Supreme Court has listed the Indian broadcasters’ challenge of the Bombay High Court order, which upheld regulator TRAI’s powers to make economic regulations for August 6th 2021.
In June 2021, Bombay HC upheld the new tariff order for the broadcasting industry issued by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India last year. The HC has granted some concession to the TV channels,
The Indian Broadcasting Foundation, a trade organisation for TV channels, many broadcasters and the Film and TV Producers Guild of India, have challenged Mumbai Court Orders in the Supreme Court on the ground that the ruling overlooks the constitutional rights of the broadcasters.
The new challenge plea by the broadcasters states that the Mumbai court has “incorrectly sought to read into Article 19(2), an additional requirement of public interest when it comes to interpreting a broadcaster’s right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India”.