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Indo-Pak series: Madras HC asks if ordinance is possible

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Chennai , March 10

THE First Bench of the Madras High Court on Wednesday wanted to know if it was possible for the Central Government to promulgate an ordinance to protect the rights of the national broadcaster, Prasar Bharati.

It was hearing two public interest litigations relating to broadcasting rights for the forthcoming India-Pakistan cricket series.

The Bench asked Mr V.T. Gopalan, Additional Solicitor-General, if the Centre could promulgate the necessary ordinance. Mr Gopalan replied that drafting such an ordinance would take some time.

The Bench's question followed an observation that Pakistan had rules that safeguard the rights of the national broadcaster even when a foreign company wins broadcasting rights. Krishnaswamy Associates and Consumer and Civic Action Group are the petitioners in the matter. Ten Sports had won the broadcasting rights for the forthcoming series.

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