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Jio granted reprieve in Jaipur tower litigation

2 Jun 2015

Wireless newcomer Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) has been granted a reprieve by the Supreme Court following a decision yesterday, in which the apex body stayed an interim order from the Rajasthan High Court calling for the cellco to dismantle a number of ground-based mast towers in Jaipur, the Times of India writes. RJIL was accused of erecting towers in the city ‘indiscriminately’ and ‘without proper permission,’ and on 22 May the high court issued an interim order instructing the provider to remove all towers for which permission had not been granted within four weeks. In its decision the Supreme Court noted that ‘towers already installed should not have been asked to be uninstalled in an interim order’ and agreed to hear a plea from RJIL. Retired Justice IS Israni, who had brought the original petition against RJIL to the high court, was also instructed to prepare a response to RJIL by the next hearing, on 3 July.

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