The Supreme Court dismissed a plea by Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) against CCI, imposing a penalty on the Karnataka Television Association (KTVA) and the Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) for restricting the market of dubbed films and serials in the Kannada language. A Bench of Hon’ble Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan ordered that the Association should not come in the way of telecasting dubbed serials and exhibition of such films. The Bench did not see any reason to interfere with the CCI order dated April 10, 2017.
The CCI had then held that the film chamber, as well as the KTVA ", acted in concert to counter dubbed content". The Commission had directed the film chamber, KTVA and KFPA, to cease and desist from indulging in practices found to be anti-competitive and play an active role in creating awareness among their members of the provisions of the Competition Act.
A penalty of Rs 16,82,204 was also imposed on the film chamber and Rs 1,74,293 and Rs 1,68,124 on the KTVA and the KFPA respectively.