Source: News Bharati English27 Sep 2016 15:10:00

New Delhi, September 27: A penalty of Rs 9,900 crore to be imposed on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea collectively for their "gross violation" of licencing terms and conditions by the retired Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice B C Patel.

Justice Patel said that there has been a clear violation of clauses in the license and so strict and prompt actions need to be taken on part of Department of Telecom as a licensor. "Having studied this matter in detail, I am convinced that this is a clear case of anti-customer and anti-competitive actions being taken by these operators which must be stopped at all costs," the letter to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.

Justice Patel also said that due to the entry of Reliance Jio in the market, these telecom operators are taking measures which are against the interest of consumers. “As a conscientious citizen of this nation, I cannot stand by and be a silent spectator to these events when it is obvious to anyone that the action of these three telecom operators is illegal and clearly in breach of their license terms which calls for urgent and strong action including imposition of penalty by the Department of Telecom," the letter said.

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea - provide services in 22 circles and issues related to interconnection, service quality and mobile number portability exist on all the circles for these operators. Hence a penalty of Rs 9,900 crore is imposed mutually on these three operators.