Bharti Airtel, one of many defaulting telcos hauled up by the Supreme Courtroom for not paying AGR dues, knowledgeable the Division of Telecommuciations (DoT) that it could deposit ₹10,000 crore by February 20, and promised that the remaining quantity could be cleared “well before” the following date of the listening to — March 17.
The DoT started issuing of notices circle sensible to the telecos. An order by the U.P. (West) Telecom Circle directed all telecom service suppliers to “make the payment of outstanding dues of license fee and spectrum usage charge by 14.02.2020, 11.59 p.m., positively.”
Whereas a consultant of one of many operators confirmed the receipt of this order, it isn’t clear what number of such orders have been despatched and what’s the actual quantity that the operators could have to deposit by February 14 midnight.
Following the October 24, 2019 judgement of the Supreme Courtroom in favour of the federal government, 15 corporations owe ₹1.47 lakh crore in license charges (₹ 92,642 crore) and spectrum utilization cost (₹55,054.51 crore). A big chunk of those dues is owed by Vodafone Thought (₹53,038 crore) and Bharti Airtel (almost ₹35,586 crore excluding dues of Telenor and Tata Teleservices).
With the Supreme Courtroom coming down closely on the DoT, the division additionally withdrew its January 23 order to not provoke any “coercive action” towards telcos who fail to adjust to earlier Supreme Courtroom judgement asking corporations to clear their dues by January 24. In truth, the brand new order directed Controller-Normal of Communication Accounts to take “immediate necessary action” to conform acquire dues from the telecom companies.