The judge’s observations came after the government had filed in
a reply as to what it was doing with recommendations from sector
regulator relating to radio broadcasting. The details of the government
reply were not available till the time of filing this report.
The direction from Justice Bhatt came on 10 petitions filed by
three private radio operators, including Radio Today Broadcasting
Ltd (Red FM), seeking a direction to the government to take a decision
on telecom regulatory Authority of India recommendations dated 11
Two other petitioners were Music Broadcast Pvt Ltd (Radio City)
and Entertainment India Network India Ltd.(Radio Mirchi).
Last week, the Delhi High Court had asked the central government
to clarify by today the timeframe within which it would take a decision
on TRAI's recommendation that private FM Radio broadcasters be shifted
from licence fee regime to revenue-sharing regime.
Petitioners had also sought setting aside of a 17 November, 2004,
order of TDSAT by which they were ordered to deposit one third of
the licence fee for the year within two months.
The petitioners had argued that the government's inaction on TRAI
recommendations was causing huge financial loss to the petitioners.
Recently, Radio Mirchi and Radio City had given notices of closure
of radio stations at Pune and Lucknow, respectively.