TDSAT dismisses COAI plea

17 Apr 2012

India’s Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has upheld the right of sector regulator the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to impose financial penalties on operators for failing to comply with customer verification rules. According to the Business Standard, the ruling followed a petition from lobby group the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) challenging fines imposed by the DoT. The COAI argued that the rules surrounding customer registration were not covered under the terms of operating licences, and called the fines ‘illegal, arbitrary and suffering from procedural impropriety.’ TDSAT dismissed the claim on the basis that as the regulations had been put in place more than three years before the petition was filed, the petitioners were not permitted to challenge the validity of the rules.