An American cable company that offers cable television for $1.99 per month in India is facing a legal battle after the government accused it of cheating customers out of their money.
The company, Al Jazeera, said it has filed a lawsuit in the Indian Supreme Court alleging that the government’s action is illegal and has breached the Constitution.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday, seeks an order that the company’s cable contracts be cancelled and the Indian government pay the company $20 million.
It says Al Jazeera violated Indian law by “sabotaging” a contract it had with the government and illegally entering India to provide TV services.
In a statement, Al Jazeera said that it will “continue to vigorously defend” its legal position and will defend the government in court.
The government has said that Al Jazeera has violated its contract by entering India without the permission of the Indian Government Communications and Information Technology Department (GCTID).
The GCTID oversees cable companies and is responsible for enforcing the contracts of these companies.
Al Jazeera’s Indian office said it had no comment on the suit.
India’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered the government to pay Al Jazeera $20m to compensate its employees and to set up a special investigation committee to investigate whether the company illegally entered India.
In May, the government issued an order banning Al Jazeera from entering India and banning its employees from working in India for two years.
The company has appealed against the decision.
In March, Al JAafé filed a petition in the Delhi High Court, arguing that the GCTid has failed to enforce the law and has violated the Constitution by violating Al Jazeera’s right to freedom of speech.