Supreme Court takes note of non-compliance of its Adjusted Gross Revenue order

PTI | Updated on February 14, 2020

Is there no law left in country, the apex court asks

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the managing directors and directors of telcos and other firms to explain why contempt action be not taken against them for non-compliance of its order to pay adjusted gross revenue (AGR) of Rs 1.47 lakh crore to the Department of Telecommunications.

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 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.

If a desk officer has audacity to stay court order, then let’s wind up SC, Justice Arun Mishra said.

We have dismissed review plea in adjusted gross revenue case but still not a single penny deposited, the Supreme Court said on the non-payment of dues by telcos. "Our conscience has been shaken by the way things are happening in the country," it said.


Published on February 14, 2020

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