SC admits RCom, BSNL pleas in 2004-05 call masking case

Written by Indu Bhan | Indu Bhan | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 24 2013, 06:35am hrs
The Supreme Court on Monday, while admitting cross-appeals filed by Reliance Communications and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL), refused to stay the telecom tribunal's order that asked the PSU to refund around R111 crore that the government-owned firm had collected from the Anil Ambani group company under the allegations of call masking during 2004 to 2005.

A bench headed by Justice SS Nijjar issued notice to both the telcos but refused to stay the TDSAT order. The Telecom Dispute Settlement & Appellate Tribunal in October last year had asked both BSNL and MTNL to refund the excess amount to the petitioner (RCom) with interest at the rate of 9% per annum from the date of deposit till the date of filing of this petition. However, MTNL is yet to challenge the judgment.