DoT plea for AGR relief to telcos: SC irked, to decide after two weeks

A Supreme Court Bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra and M R Shah, on Wednesday expressed its displeasure in excess of the Section of Telecommunication’s (DoT’s) plea trying to find to allow telecom operators to make a staggered payment of their adjusted gross income (AGR) dues. The make any difference was deferred to be listened to yet again right after two weeks.

“Self-assessment by DoT is sheer violation of our orders, sheer contempt,” Justice Arun Mishra remarked, according to Live Legislation. “Who permitted self-assessment? CAG audit has to be carried out. This is in contempt of our orders”. Mishra reported the Court could not allow an additional round of litigation on the AGR situation.


To the assertion of Solicitor Basic Tushar Mehta, who is appearing for the DoT, that there was no reassessment of dues and that only an extension of time was sought, Justice Mishra reported: “If this is the angle of the governing administration, we shall recuse ourselves.”

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“We simply cannot allow encroachment of SC judgment. If we allow these pleas, SC will be bash to a fraud. We say with all responsibility that we simply cannot allow reopening,” the court noticed.

Mishra also turned his ire on the media, alleging “powerful” telecom businesses were being influencing the media. “Telecom businesses are very powerful and that is why they are influencing the newspapers to write tales every single working day. If we want, we can mail the controlling administrators from the businesses to jail,” Live Legislation quoted Justice Mishra as expressing.

Before this 7 days, the governing administration experienced approached the apex court trying to find acceptance to a system permitting telecom services suppliers to spend their unpaid or remaining AGR dues in once-a-year instalments in excess of the upcoming twenty a long time or far more.

The plea experienced stated that telecom services suppliers liable to make payments experienced commenced making payments and the aspect payment was manufactured arising out of AGR dues.

The petition reported that the Centre was dealing with the telcos and it experienced identified that those who were being needed to make the payments were being catering to millions of buyers across the region. “The Centre is mindful of the fact that any quick adverse impression on the working of telecom services suppliers would not only have an adverse impression on the total financial system of the nation but would also very seriously harm the desire of the buyers across the region.”

The conclusion in favour of the DoT plea could have provided a main fillip to the ailing telecom sector, specially Vodafone Thought, which has been on the brink of a collapse. It, nevertheless, would also have implied that the governing administration would get a fraction of its earlier estimate of Rs 1.47 trillion as AGR-connected dues from the telecom business.