To keep unsolicited promotional messages in check, the Supreme Court on Monday stayed the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal’s order that canceled the 200 SMSes/day limit imposed by the government last year.
Telecom regulator Trai had imposed the restriction of sending only 100 messages per day in September last year. The limit was raised by another 100 messages per SIM in November.
While seeking reply from Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray, the petitioner before the tribunal, a bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi in an interim order stayed the telecom tribunal’s order quashing the limits imposed by Trai to stop promotional smses, which have become a nuisance for mobile users in the country.
The Delhi High Court has also allowed mobile phone users to send unlimited messages, in response to another similar petition filed by NGO Telecom Watchdog. The high court had allowed Trai to bring out more measures to deal with this menace. However, it upheld the curb on unwanted commercial SMSes saying they infringed the “equally” important right to privacy of “unwilling recipients”. The appeal against the HC order is pending before the apex court.