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Petitions seeking licence cancellation of TTSL, TTML dismissed

Last Updated: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 11:00

New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT has dismissed petitions of COAI and Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea seeking a direction to government to cancel the licence and spectrum of Tata group companies TTSL and TTML.

"We are of the opinion that at present ... This petition should not be entertained. This petition is dismissed accordingly, subject, however, to the leave granted to the petitioner herein to approach this tribunal if and when fresh cause of action arises," said the TDSAT.

COAI and the operators had requested TDSAT to direct the Department of Telecom (DoT) to modify or amend the order it had issued on February 15 cancelling 122 licences on the Supreme Court verdict in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

According to the petitioners, a total of 141 licences need to be cancelled, including that of Tata Tele Services Ltd (TTSL) and Tata Tele Service Maharashtra (TTML), as the apex court had ordered cancellation of all licences issued in 2008 by then Telecom Minister A Raja.

Later, the government sent a presidential reference before the Supreme Court seeking clarification on the judgement. After hearing all the sides, the apex court has reserved its order.

"The interpretation of the judgements of the Supreme Court of India in the CPIL (Centre for Public Interest Litigation) is, thus, pending consideration before the Supreme Court itself in the aforesaid reference," the two-member tribunal observed.

In the reference sent to the Supreme Court, government has also asked "whether dual technologies licenses granted in 2007 and 2008 would be affected?"

TTSL and TTML, which offer services in both GSM and CDMA platforms, were issued GSM spectrum in 2008. Before that they were offering services in CDMA technology only.


First Published: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 11:00
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