Supreme Court issues notice to eleven telcos, TRAI following public interest litigation

11 Jan 2011

India’s Supreme Court has issued notices to both the Central Government and eleven private telecoms operators regarding a petition which seeks to cancel those 2G spectrum licences it claims were handed to companies either ineligible for such concessions or those that failed to fulfil rollout obligations. According to the Hindu Business Line, the court has given all respondents three weeks to respond in the matter, after the issue was raised by an independent body, the Centre for Public Interest Litigation. It is understood that the court has also called for a response as to why the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has remained silent regarding allegations of delays by cellcos in meeting their rollout obligations, with it adding the watchdog as a respondent in the case. The eleven companies to have been named in the case are: Loop Telecom, Etisalat DB (Swan Telecom), Vodafone Essar, STel, Unitech Wireless (Uninor), Videocon Telecommunications, Idea Cellular (including Spice), Allianz Infratech, Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Dishnet Wireless (a unit of Aircel).