Apex court throws out 2G appeals; cellco remains ‘in the Loop’

5 Apr 2012

India’s Supreme Court has dismissed appeals from cellcos affected by the controversial cancellation of 122 2G licences earlier this year, reports DNA India. Russian-backed Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) has said that it will consider further legal action: as previously noted by CommsUpdate, the cellco has threatened to seek international arbitration on the grounds that the Indian governmemt has broken the terms of the bilateral investment treaty agreed by India and Russia. SSTL said in a statement: ‘It is extremely disappointing to know that SSTL’s review petition has not been accepted. To protect its interests further, SSTL currently is in the process of deliberating its future course of legal actions.’

Uninor meanwhile, has chosen to appeal the dismissal and will move a curative petition. The cellco commented on its action: ‘By entertaining the review petition and hearing the case again, the SC would have been able to appreciate arguments and evidence that challenges the very basis of its order,’ adding that it hoped that no one would be given ‘any reason to hold grievance that their evidence was ignored.’

Meanwhile, it was reported that Loop Telecom has declared that it will remain in the market, after previously threatening to follow the example of STel and Etisalat DB, and quit the sector.

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