SSTL plea against DoT rollout notice premature: TDSAT
New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT has declined to entertain the petition of Sistema Shyam Teleservices against the DoT show-cause notice on failure to meet rollout obligations.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in its hearing held on February 28 said the matter was only at the show-cause notice stage and a decision is yet to be taken by the Department of Telecom (DoT) and hence it cannot entertain the plea.
"... we are of the opinion that the petitioner (SSTL) having only been served with the show-cause notices, these petitions may not be entertained at this stage," said a TDSAT bench headed by Justice S B Sinha.
"The petitioner may file copy of petitions before the DoT as causes shown by them which may be considered by the Respondent (DoT) herein in their own merits," the TDSAT said.
DoT had given 60 days time to the company to respond and that window elapsed on February 28.
TDSAT's direction came over a bunch of petitions filed by SSTL challenging the show-cause notice.
SSTL a joint venture between the Sistema of Russia and India's Shyam Group and offers mobile and data services under the MTS brand. Sistema owns 56.68 percent in SSTL.
DoT had issued show-cause notice to the company for its nine circles - UP East, UP West, Gujarat, Orissa, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Nort East and MP.
As per the notice, DoT had asked why the nine Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) licences issued to the company should not be terminated as it has violated the rollout obligations by not starting the services in the stipulated period.