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Supreme Court Issues Notice On Reliance Jio's Plea To Be Heard In Appeals Of Vodafone & Airtel Challenging DoT Penalty

Lawstreet Journal 30 Mar 2022 12:56am

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The Supreme Court on 29th March 2022 issued notice in plea filed by Reliance Jio challenging order of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal dismissing its application for impleadment in Telecom Petitions filed by Vodafone- Idea and Airtel against demand notices issued levying penalty of INR 3,050 Crores on them

A Bench Comprising Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Hima Kohli issued the direction while considering a civil appeal preferred by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

The Telecom Petitions before TDSAT challenge Demand Notices dated 29.9.2021 issued by the Department of Telecommunications levying a cumulative penalty of INR 3,050 Crores on the Vodafone- Idea and Airtel for allegedly denying adequate Points of Interconnection to RJIL in 2016.

The 3 Telecom Petitions arose out of complaints filed by Reliance Jio before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

The Demand Notices were issued by the DoT (accepting the recommendations issued by TRAl in this regard) after giving the Petitioners before the TDSAT, and also RJIL, an opportunity of being heard. In terms of these Demand Notices, the DoT imposed the aforesaid penalty of IN 3,050 Crores on the Petitioners before the TDSAT.

Reliance Jio has argued that the Demand Notices have been impugned before the TDSAT in the Telecom Petitions and categorical assertions have been made against RJIL - including assertions relating to the interpretation of bilateral contracts between RJIL and Petitioners. Therefore, RJIL is directly interested in and affected by the outcome of the Telecom Petitions.

Reliance Jio has further submitted… Continue Reading...

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