Following suggestion made by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Sports broadcaster Star Sports and multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom have decided to resolve their commercial dispute through mediation.
The counsels for Star Sports and Hathway have also agreed to the name of Sriram Panchu as mediator after the senior advocate consented to mediate between the two parties. Manchu’s name was suggested by the tribunal.
While observing that a commercial dispute is highly amenable to resolution through the process of mediation, the tribunal directed both sides to appear before Panchu on 19 April to resolve the disputes.
The tribunal has also put up the matter for hearing on 19 May for directions. However, in case of exigencies, any of the parties can move the tribunal even before that date, the tribunal stated.
Hathway, the petitioner in the case, is being represented by Arun Kathpalia, while Star Sports, the respondent, is being represented by Amit S Chadha.