Govt approves Rs 650-crore penalty on Bharti Airtel

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 26 2013, 07:24am hrs
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal is learnt to have approved levying of Rs 650-crore penalty on Bharti Airtel for violating roaming norms in 13 service areas between 2003 and 2005.

"The minister has approved penalty of Rs 650 crore on SLD (subscriber local dialing) matter... demand notice will be issued this week," a telecom ministry official told PTI. When contacted a Bharti Airtel spokesperson said: "We have not received any communication from DoT in this regard and therefore would not be able to comment."

The penalty has been imposed after an internal committee of DoT said it found Airtel routing national and international calls as local calls.