The Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave a last opportunity to the Centre to file its reply in response to a PIL seeking a direction to Prasar Bharti for broadcasting all cricket matches involving India, including the on-going India-England Test series, on Doordarshan.
Granting one week time to the Centre to file its reply, a bench comprising Chief Justice M K Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Khanna posted the matter for final hearing on August 29.
When petitioner Ravi Dev Gupta's counsel pressed for a direction to Prasar Bharti to telecast the third India-England Test, which begins on Thursday, on Doordarshan, the bench said, "So far as this game is concerned, it is not possible. It is a larger issue and we will have to hear both parties before passing any order."
However, senior advocate Dushyant Dave, appearing for Prasar Bharti, submitted that One-Dayers are bound to be telecast on Doordarshan but for Test matches we have some difficulty.
The Sports Broadcast Signal (mandatory sharing with Prasar Bharti) Act makes it mandatory for private broadcasters to share the feed with Prasar Bharti of matches involving India, and the Prasar Bharti should have no problem in telecasting matches, the petitioner's counsel said.