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Cable TV service resumes in Mumbai

india Updated: Aug 23, 2006 13:34 IST

The Maharashtra government's assurance to cable television operators not to harass those that were not violating the law saw the resumption of their services late on Tuesday night in the city and other parts of the state.

The cable TV services had been blacked out in Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra for the past two days after operators claimed harassment and unwarranted raids by police officials.

A delegation of cable operators, who met state Deputy Chief Minister RR Patil on Tuesday, were assured that no action would be taken against the non-erring parties.

The operators began broadcasting all channels—except nine movie channels that are at the centre of the controversy—after police stopped their telecast for allegedly showing adult movies in contravention of the Bombay High Court's order.

Police raids of Sunday night were in pursuance of the court order banning the screening of films on cable TV that do not have a 'U' (unrestricted viewing) certificate.

While private TV channels that broadcast contentious movies have escaped the responsibility, cable operators have to play the role of censors to ensure that no adult content is relayed.

Cable operators have filed an intervention petition in the Bombay High Court, asking why broadcasters and direct-to-home (DTH) operators were not being taken to task by the authorities. The petition is likely to come up for hearing on Wednesday.