Allahabad HC stays mandatory installation of set-top boxes

Lucknow, March 3 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court (HC) has stayed for a period of three months the installation of television set top boxes (STB) in the state, an official said on Thursday.

The government had through a notification made installation of STBs mandatory after December 31, 2015.

The HC has also sought a response from the union government in this regard within four weeks.

The high court bench, comprising Justice Tarun Agarwal and Justice V.K. Mishra, was hearing a petition moved by the UP Cable Operators Association seeking a stay on the mandatory installation of set top boxes for cable networks.

The cable operators told the court that STBs were not available in adequate numbers and the immediate implementation of the government order was not possible at many places. Also, they were being harassed by authorities in some regions, they complained.

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