SC rejects telcos’ plea for brand spanking new agenda for AGR bills, slams DoT

In a significant setback for the telecom firms, the Superb Court docket on Friday rejected the plea looking for new agenda of AGR bills. Coming down closely at the Division of Telecommunications (DoT) for now not taking coercive motion in opposition to telcos for failing to pay off, the apex court docket ordered contempt complaints in opposition to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Concept.

The following listening to has been scheduled for March 17.

The Apex Court docket additionally pulled up the DoT table officer who wrote to the Lawyer Basic asking him not to insist on payemnt of dues. The SC issued a contempt understand to the officer to give an explanation for why no motion will have to be initiated in opposition to him.

The court docket summoned managing director, director of all telcos together with Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Concept and others on March 17 to give an explanation for why those dues weren’t deposited in spite of orders and why contempt motion should now not be taken in opposition to them for non-compliance of order.

A bench of justices Arun Mishra, S Abdul Nazeer and M R Shah heard a batch of petitions filed by means of telecom firms in open court docket.

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Previous on January 16, a bench headed by means of Justice Arun Mishra had disregarded overview petitions of telecom corporations looking for overview of its previous order asking them to pay Rs 1.47 trillion in statutory dues by means of January 23, pronouncing it didn’t to find any “justifiable explanation why” to entertain them.

The apex court docket had on October 24 remaining 12 months dominated that the statutory dues want to be calculated by means of together with non-telecom revenues in AGR of telcos.

It had upheld the AGR definition formulated by means of the DoT and termed as “frivolous” the character of objections raised by means of the telecom carrier suppliers.

In a testimony filed within the most sensible court docket, DoT stated that consistent with calculations, Airtel owes Rs 21,682.13 crore as licence rate to the federal government and dues from Vodafone totalled Rs 19,823.71 crore, whilst Reliance Communications owed a complete of Rs 16,456.47 crore. BSNL owed Rs 2,098.72 crore and MTNL Rs 2,537.48 crore.

“The definition of gross earnings is crystal transparent within the settlement. How the adjusted gross earnings to be arrived at could also be glaring. It can’t be submitted that the earnings has now not been outlined within the contract. As soon as the gross earnings is outlined, one can’t go away from it and the very that means is to be given to the earnings for the settlement,” the apex court docket had stated in its October verdict.

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Richard's love for gadgets was probably triggered by an electric shock at the age of five while poking his finger into power sockets for no reason. He managed to destroy a few more desktops and phones until he was sent to England for school. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are.

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