Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Reliance Challenges TDSAT in Supreme Court

Telecom brand Reliance Infocomm has challenged in the Supreme Court of India an order of the telecom appellate tribunal TDSAT upholding imposition of a penalty of Rs 150 crores on it by the Government for allegedly resorting to call re-routing. The Infocomm has contended that call re-routing was a global practice which was resorted to by all service providers including telecom PSUs MTNL and BSNL. Reliance Infocomm, the biggest private sector telecom brand which Anil Ambani got last month as part of settlement of Reliance ownership, moved the Supreme Court of India for recovery of fine paid by it following the order by the Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal in March. The Department of Telecom had imposed a penalty of Rs 150 crores on Reliance Infocomm for violating the licence condition and the same was challenged by Reliance in TDSAT. In its petition, Infocomm said there was no violation of any law in call re-routing as it was a technical procedure adopted by the service providers all over the world. On March 4, this year TDSAT had dismissed.