New Delhi: The Supreme Courtroom on Friday (February 14, 2020) got here down closely on the telecom corporations over non-payment of dues to the tune of Rs 1.47 lakh crore to the federal government and summoned their high executives to court docket to elucidate why its order on this regard was not adopted.
A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra additionally warned the telecom corporations that the court docket could provoke contempt proceedings towards them and authorities officers for not complying with it`s order.
Coming down closely on the Telecom corporations, the highest court docket bench led by Justice Mishra stated, “We do not know who’s creating this nonsense. Is there no legislation left within the nation… It’s higher to not reside on this nation and somewhat depart the nation.”
The bench additionally comprising Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah, expressed anguish over the order handed by DoT’s desk officer staying the impact of its verdict in AGR matter.
”Does the Supreme Courtroom haven’t any worth? That is the end result of cash energy.” All these corporations haven’t even paid a single penny and your officer has the audacity to remain the order,” the bench stated.
The highest court docket additionally directed the managing administrators of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, MTNL, BSNL, Reliance Communications, Tata Telecommunication and others to be current within the court docket on March 17. The apex additionally directed the Centre to right away withdraw order handed by its desk officer to not take coercive motion towards the telecom corporations.
Justice Mishra additionally added that the telecom corporations haven`t even paid a single penny and the federal government officer desires to remain on the order.
The highest court docket warned that this officer was liable to a jail time period if that order was not withdrawn inside an hour. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had ordered telecom corporations to pay adjusted gross income (AGR) to the federal government.
On January 16, Justice Mishra-led bench had dismissed evaluation petitions of telcos searching for evaluation of its earlier order asking them to pay Rs 1.47 lakh crore in statutory dues by January 23, saying it didn’t discover any “justifiable purpose” to entertain them.
The highest court docket had on October 24 final yr dominated that the statutory dues wanted to be calculated by together with non-telecom revenues in AGR of telcos.
(With Company inputs)