Delhi Excessive Courtroom Refuses to Grant Reduction to Vodafone in TRAI Penalty Case

Delhi Excessive Courtroom Refuses to Grant Reduction to Vodafone in TRAI Penalty Case

The Delhi Excessive Courtroom has refused to intrude with TRAI’s suggestion for imposing a penalty of Rs. 1,050 crore on two Vodafone firms for allegedly denying inter-connectivity to Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) below an Interconnection Settlement executed between them.

The excessive court docket famous that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) October 21, 2016 suggestion, which has been challenged right here can also be below problem earlier than the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), and tribunals are knowledgeable our bodies constituted below statute to resolve the disputes arising below that statute.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad, in its Might 24 judgment, mentioned the TDSAT has been empowered to take care of all disputes arising below the TRAI Act.

The Central authorities had handed an order on September 29, 2021 imposing a penalty on the petitioner firms for violation of the provisions of licence settlement and requirements of High quality of Service (QOS) rules of fundamental phone service (wireline) and mobile cell phone service rules, 2009.

“After the tribunal offers the conclusion that the order dated September 29, 2021 handed by the respondent no.2 (authorities) just isn’t sustainable in legislation, then robotically the advice dated October 21, 2016 which is below problem within the instantaneous writ petitions could be put aside.

“This court docket finds appreciable drive within the arguments superior by the senior counsel for the respondents that any observations made by this court docket within the instantaneous writ petitions can have an hostile influence on the Telecom Petitions which have been filed earlier than the TDSAT,” the bench mentioned.

The excessive court docket disposed of the petitions filed by Vodafone Cell Companies and Vodafone Thought and made it clear that it has not made any observations on the deserves of the case.

“It’s at all times open for the tribunal to resolve the problem on deserves, together with the advice dated October 21, 2016 which is below problem within the instantaneous petitions,” it mentioned.

It additionally famous that the TDSAT has already stayed the September 2021 order.

On September 21, 2016, TRAI issued the a suggestion stating that the petitioners have been at fault for not offering Level of Interconnections (POI) to RJIL, and beneficial imposition of a penalty of Rs. 50 crore per circle for 21 Licensed Service Areas (LSA) the place POI congestion exceeded the allowable restrict of 0.5 %.

The petitioners mentioned they requested TRAI to withdraw the advice, however to no avail after which they moved the excessive court docket.

Vodafone has challenged the advice made by TRAI to the Secretary, Division of Telecommunication, for penal motion, contending that the advice was opposite to legislation and deserved to be struck down.

TRAI opposed the petitions saying they’re untimely at this stage and non-maintainable.

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