The order was passed by justice KS Gupta following a suit filed by Taj Television Ltd, owner of the sports channel, Ten Sports, and HMA Udyog Ltd, which has got the exclusive distributorship rights of the channel. The Court issued notices to all the defendants and fixed the next date of hearing for September 6, 2002.
In an earlier order, Justice Dalveer Bhandari of the Delhi High Court had granted orders restraining unidentified cable operators from illegally taking the FIFA World Cup Football matches signals. In the present case Taj Television, the owner of Ten Sports channel had exclusive rights to telecast the Morocco Cup cricket series.
Counsels for Taj Television Rajiv Nayyar and Pravin Anand submitted that two of the defendants, Channel Communication of Ludhiana and Interlink Communications at Surat had not signed any licence agreements with either Taj Television or HMA Udyog. Indusund Media Communication and Gujarat Samachar Network were ex-licensees of the plaintiffs, whose licenses had been terminated.