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SC Sees The Humor: Grants Stay On 'Comedy Central' Ban

Published on Thu, Dec 04,2014 | 08:38, Updated at Thu, Dec 04 at 08:38Source : 

A division bench of the Delhi High Court in Viacom18 Media Private Limited & Anr. Viacom18 v. Union of India ("Respondent")1, upheld the order of the Single Judge dismissing the writ petition filed by Viacom18 against an order of the Inter-Ministerial Committee ("IMC") of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ("MIB") imposing a penalty on Viacom18. The order of the MIB ("MIB Order"), in view of Viacom18's violation of various provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 ("Act"”) and the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 ("Rules"), prohibited transmission / re-transmission of the 'Comedy Central' channel on any plaform throughout the territory of India for a period of 10 days. The ban was made effective from November 26, 2014 for a period of 6 days (with 4 days already having been served by Viacom18). However, the Supreme Court of India ("Supreme Court"), on November 28, 2014, admitted a Special Leave Petition filed by Viacom18 and granted a stay on the Court's ban imposed. For more please read the attached report by Nishith Desai Associates.

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