In relief for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Tuesday noted a commitment from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that it will not apply penalties up to Rs 3,000 crore on telecommunications. major points in the interconnection case until the next court hearing.
The DoT assured that the bank guarantees of telecommunications operators would not be invoked before the next date of the TDSAT hearing, on October 26.
Telecom argued that on the one hand, the government’s affidavit to the Supreme Court talks about efforts to save the industry, and on the other hand, it serves a fine of Rs 3,000 crore.
The duo questioned the legality of the TRAI recommendation, the resulting demand notices, and the DoT’s power to impose a penalty for the alleged non-granting of PoI. They requested the suspension of the formal notices.
Airtel called TRAI’s recommendation to impose a penalty a “comedy of errors”. Both objected to TRAI’s findings to argue that enough points of interest had been provided.
Recommendations to impose a fine are already being challenged in the Delhi High Court.
First publication: STI