Court dismisses motion against NBTC
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Court dismisses motion against NBTC

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases yesterday dismissed a motion filed by True Digital Group for a court order to suspend National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) commissioner Pirongrong Ramasoota from her duties during the lawsuit alleging dereliction of duty.

The dismissal stated there is no evidence Mrs Pirongrong is acting against the company, therefore there is no reason to suspend her.

However, the court said if she is found to act differently, it might reconsider its ruling.

True Digital issued a statement noting it respects the court's ruling and filed the petition to protect its rights.

As the main case is being considered, the company refrained from further comment.

True Digital Group is a subsidiary of True Corporation.

According to the company's main complaint, the NBTC has yet to establish rules to govern over-the-top (OTT) service platforms, meaning True Digital does not need to seek the NBTC's permission to offer OTT services.

The dispute centres on whether in March 2023, Mrs Pirongrong ordered the acting NBTC deputy secretary-general to notify 127 radio and TV broadcast licence holders that True Digital was not permitted to operate this kind of OTT service.

True Digital believes that this notifiction may have led those broadcasters to believe that the company illegally operated the OTT service and might not allow the company to air their content on its platform.

True Digital Group believes the act by Mrs Pirongrong shows she allegedly intended to cause damage to the company, which amounts to dereliction of duty.

The court has accepted the main case and an additional motion for its consideration.

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