The Department of Telecommunications has withdrawn the order issued for not taking any punitive motion towards the telecom firms for not returning the statutory dues on time. At the identical time, the Supreme Court has been requested to take pressing motion to adjust to the choice given in October. The division took this step after the Supreme Court took a tricky stand on Friday for not complying with its order. The Department of Telecommunications mentioned within the order that the order of 23 January 2020 is withdrawn with quick impact.
The government, which got here into motion after the Supreme Court rebuke, ordered the telecom firms to pay 1.47 lakh crore (AGR dues) earlier than 12 pm on Friday night time. The DoT despatched the zone and circle-based excellent notices to firms and ordered all defaulters to make funds by 11.59 pm.
A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Justice S Abdul Nazir and Justice MR Shah took a stern stance on non-compliance of the order and expressed displeasure over the order issued by a desk officer of the Department of Telecommunications. The order directed to not take any punitive motion towards the telecom firms for not returning the statutory dues on time.
Soon after the apex courtroom’s stern stance, the division mentioned in its newest order that it’s directed to take quick steps to adjust to the Supreme Court’s October 24, 2019 choice. Earlier within the day, the Supreme Court requested the managing administrators and administrators of telecom service suppliers and different firms to clarify why contempt motion shouldn’t be taken towards them for not complying with its order? However, it isn’t but clear how a lot of the excellent quantity has been requested to be paid until midnight. All 15 models owe Rs 92,642 crore as license price and Rs 55,054 crore as spectrum utilization fees.