'Literally shocked, not a penny has been deposited': SC summons telcos boss over dues
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday summoned telecom companies for non-compliance of its order asking them to pay adjusted gross revenue of Rs 1.47 lakh cr to DoT.
The top court also directed the MDs, directors of telcos and other firms to explain why contempt action be not taken against them for non-compliance of order.
Taking strong note of the non-compliance of its order, a bench of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah expressed anguish over the order passed by DoT's desk officer staying the effect of its verdict in AGR matter.
"We don't know who is creating this nonsense. Is there no law left in country... It is better not to live in this country and rather leave the country," the bench observed.
The top court said that a desk officer is writing a letter to the Attorney General and other constitutional authorities saying they should not insist on payment of money by telcos and others and to ensure that no coercive action is taken against them.
Justice Arun Mishra had earlier dismissed the review petition of the telcos seeking review of its earlier order asking them to pay Rs 1.47 lakh crore statutory due by January 23, saying that it did not find any “justifiable reason” to entertain them.
The apex court had on October 24 last year ruled that the statutory dues need to be calculated by including non-telecom revenues in AGR of telcos.
It had upheld the AGR definition formulated by the DoT and termed as "frivolous" the nature of objections raised by the telecom service providers.
In an affidavit filed in the top court, DoT said that according to calculations, Airtel owes Rs 21,682.13 crore as licence fee to the government and dues from Vodafone totalled Rs 19,823.71 crore, while Reliance Communications owed a total of Rs 16,456.47 crore. BSNL owed Rs 2,098.72 crore and MTNL Rs 2,537.48 crore.
"The definition of gross revenue is crystal clear in the agreement. How the adjusted gross revenue to be arrived at is also evident. It cannot be submitted that the revenue has not been defined in the contract. Once the gross revenue is defined, one cannot depart from it and the very meaning is to be given to the revenue for the agreement," the apex court had said in its October verdict.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma