Aircel Cellular moves SC against Madras HC decision on spectrum charge

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 2:24 PM

Aircel Cellular Ltd on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s decision upholding payment of One Time Spectrum Charges (OTSC) of Rs. 3,273 crores to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The High Court also held that the levy of OTSC is justified and enforceable. (Source: PTI)

Aircel Cellular Ltd on Tuesday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the Madras High Court’s decision upholding payment of One Time Spectrum Charges (OTSC) of Rs. 3,273 crores to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

The apex court agreed to Aircel’s request for an early hearing of the case and slated September 2 as the next date of hearing. A Division Bench of the Madras High Court had earlier this month dismissed the petition of Aircel Cellular, upholding the rights of the DoT to claim share on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), including the non-telecom activities income.

The High Court also held that the levy of OTSC is justified and enforceable. The petitioners — Aircel, Aircel Cellular and Dishnet Wireless — had also challenged the DoT’s decision to put conditions for merger of licence of Aircel and Aircel Cellular.

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