The Supreme Court of India has asked the Central government to frame new policies for the telecom sector within a year, which will include new rules and regulations to verify identities of existing mobile users so that SIM cards are not misused. Verification of people who buy new mobile phones and SIM cards has become more important as mobile phones are now being used for banking purposes also, said apex court. A bench consisting of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice N.V. Ramana expressed their satisfaction that the verification plea was “substantially dealt” with and an “effective process” would be in place.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, “The verification mechanism would apply for both existing and fresh subscribers.” He also told the court that 90 per cent of the mobile connection holders have pre-paid connection.
(Further details awaited)