The Delhi High Court on Monday sought the response of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on operators’ plea challenging the tariff order making it mandatory for the latter to compensate subscribers for call drops from January 1.
A bench comprising Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the Trai on a plea moved by two industry bodies – Cellular Operators Association of India and Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India – seeking quashing of the October 16 regulation that mandated services provider to pay subscribers Re 1 for every call drop they experience on their network, subject to a cap of three call drops a day, starting from January 1, 2016.
“Since it has to be implemented from January 1, 2016, we will hear the government and pass the order,” the bench said, while listing the matter for December 22. While senior counsel Harish Salve appeared for the telecom bodies, Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi appeared for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Challenging the Trai’s jurisdiction/power to order compensation for call drops, the telecom bodies said that such a regulation is not pursuant to the provisions of the Trai Act as the compensation is not covered under it.