Supreme Court rejects pleas of Airtel,
THE SUPREME Court ( SC) in an extraordinary urgent hearing on Sunday rejected the pleas of
While Rohatgi submitted that the apex court should ask the department of telecommunications ( DoT) not to declare the result of the auction till it decides the appeals, Singhvi contended that since
However, the Bench observed that it does not mean that " you should have a monopoly". Telecom companies made arguments in the apex court identical to those before the tribunal saying they have made huge investment ranging into several crores of rupees and hence have the legitimate expectation for extension.
Any such denial is illegal and unreasonable, the operators said adding that it would also result in discontinuance of service to their subscribers.
TDSAT had rejected their plea saying " the petitioners have failed to establish their right for extension in terms of the relevant provisions in their licenses". The tribunal had held that it was satisfied with the reason based on which DoT had denied extension and had asked the telcom companies to participate in the auction.
" Denial of extension of the licences to the petitioners is based on good reasons as envisaged under clause 4.1 of the UAS ( unified access services) licence and the relevant provision in the CMTS licence and the petitioners can claim no right for extension of their licenses under the aforesaid provisions of their licenses," TDSAT had said in its order.
Eight companies, including Airtel,
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