Bombay High Court directs TV Today Network to deposit BARC-imposed Rs 5 lakh fine with court

BARC on 31st July passed an order to TV Today network to pay a fine of Rs. 5 lakh.

The petitioner had approached the High Court seeking to quash the BARC’s order and appealed an interim protection against coercive action by the BARC against the channel. The respondent counsel opposed the interim relief.

The petitioner’s counsel submitted that BARC had produced no evidence to prove the allegation against the petitioners, hence the order of the BARC ought to be quashed.

The HC bench comprising Justices Nitin M Jamdar and Milind N Jadhav said : ” It will be open to TV Today Network without prejudice to its rights and contentions to deposit the amount of Rs 5 Lakhs as directed by the BARC’s Disciplinary Council in the registry of this Court. If this amount is deposited no coercive steps will be taken against TV Today in the meanwhile.”

The matter has been listed for next hearing on Nov 05.

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