Telecom minister denies DoT delays for Vodafone/Idea tie-up

4 Jul 2018

Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha has claimed that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has not delayed the long-awaited merger of Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, stating that the ministry is simply following the previously-determined process for approval. The Economic Times cites the official as saying that the two cellcos need to complete all formalities and that ‘if those are completed there will be no delay of even a second from the department’. The merger had been previously been expected to be finalised by June this year, but the tie-up is still awaiting its final green light, from the DoT. The ministry sought legal opinions on raising a fresh demand against the two firms in late June and is now expected to add a requirement for the duo to clear contested spectrum charges as a condition for the approval. The DoT is reportedly prepared to exhaust ‘all legal options’ to enforce the dues, potentially dragging out the approval process further.

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