New Delhi: GSM industry body COAI has threatened to take legal action unless the Department of Telecom (DoT) auctions spectrum given to Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) along with Supreme Court cancelled allocations of 2008.
"DoT by failing to implement the directions via-a-vis TTSL has failed to comply with the Supreme Court order dated February 2, 2012," COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said in his letter wrote to Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar.
When contacted, a TTSL spokesperson declined to comment on the issue.
Cellular Operators Association of India, which represents only GSM service providers like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and others, in its letter interpreted that the apex court also cancelled licences of TTSL but DoT did not count it among the cancelled licences.
"DoT has thereby failed to comply with the direction given by Supreme Court. This amounts to violation of the letter and spirit of the judgement passed by the Supreme Court and would amount to disobedience of the judgement of the Supreme Court," COAI said.
According to COAI, TTSL was one of the respondents in the petition filed on 2G scam on whom Supreme Court imposed fine of Rs 5 crore.
It added that airwaves to TTSL were allocated following two press releases issued by DoT on January 10, 2008. The Supreme Court cancelled allocation of spectrum through these press releases and other subsequent allocation.
"This would amount to wilful disobedience of the judgement... For which we will take appropriate legal action unless DoT confirms in writing, not later than 7 days that in compliance with the direction of the SC, it will put the spectrum allocated to TTSL to auction," COAI said.
First Published: Monday, July 02, 2012, 21:14