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Nimbus to face Govt action

The decision follows violation of court orders by Nimbus during a India-SL ODI, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 22:06 IST

The government is all set to initiate action against Nimbus for violating the recently notified ordinance during a washed out cricket match between India and Sri Lanka on Kolkata on Tuesday.

Nimbus provided seven minute delayed feed to Doordarshan for the match, which according to Prasar Bharati is in violation of the recently notified ordinance. The channel can be banned and may have to pay a fine of Rs one crore for the violation. 

An I&B ministry official said action will be taken against Nimbus as per the clauses of the ordinance. "We will soon issue a showcause notice. But before that, we want to wait for court’s verdict on Nimbus-DD case," he told Hindustan Times.

Prasar Bharati had on Thursday lodged a complaint with the ministry against Nimbus saying its channel, Neo Sports, had violated the ordinance. Earlier, ministry officials have threatened action against Nimbus, if ‘live superior quality feed’ was not shared with DD.

Nimbus, on its part, stuck to its earlier stand that they will abide by the court’s verdict. Harish Thiwani, Nimbus chairperson, said question of taking action does not arise as they are following the court orders. "Whether it is an ordinance or the guidelines the final word is of the court of law. We will abide by the court’s verdict," he said.

Nimbus’ objection is against the stipulation in the ordinance that it will have to share live feed with Prasar Bharati even for cable homes and on DD’s DTH service.

In a bid to resolve the issue, the four-member BCCI committee met I&B ministry officials but no breakthrough was reached. The negotiations between Nimbus and Prasar Bharati officials have also failed. In most likelihood, the Sunday’s match will be available with seven-minute delay on DD.  

Email Chetan Chauhan: chetan@hindustantimes.com