Aircel moves apex court against one-time charge

Our Bureau MumbaiAug 30 Mumbai | Updated on January 17, 2018


Aircel Cellular Ltd on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging a Madras High Court’s decision that upheld Department of Telecom’s move to collect ₹3,273 crore from the mobile operator.

The apex court agreed to hear the case on September 2. A Division Bench of the Madras High Court had earlier this month ruled that the DoT was within its rights to collect the fee.

The High Court had dismissed the petition of Aircel on grounds that operators are required to pay revenue share to the DoT under the migration package of the New Telecom Policy 1999.

Aircel had questioned the policy to claim revenues share on non-telecom income. While the court held that the operators had agreed to pay revenue share under the migration plan, it also upheld DoT’s right to levy of one-time spectrum charge.

Published on August 30, 2016

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