TDSAT Chairman appointment likely next month

NEW DELHI : Telecom tribunal TDSAT is likely to get next month a full-time chairperson, a post which is lying vacant since mid-June.
“TDSAT Chairman is expected to take charge next month,” an official source said.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has been passing only interim orders after Justice Aftab Alam retired on June 16.
Former Advisor Technology at Department of Telecom A K Bhargava recently joined the tribunal on October 19.
Various cases of telecom operators including extension of 3G licence in border area facing interference, interconnection charges payment etc are lying before the tribunal.
The tribunal consists of a Chairperson and two members.
The tribunal is flooded with disputes in broadcasting sector and telecom sector. Alam had flagged the issue of resource crunch at TDSAT and rise in disputes in both broadcast and telecom sector.
Last year 707 cases were filed before the TDSAT. Of those 593 were related to the broadcast sector.
In February, Alam had suggested setting up mediation centre for convenience of people who come to TDSAT from all across country for resolving small issues. (AGENCIES)

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