Vodafone Penalty: No relief to Vodafone Idea, High Court refuses to ban TRAI fine

Vodafone Penalty: No relief to Vodafone Idea, High Court refuses to ban TRAI fine

UK’s telecom company Vodafone has suffered a major setback in a case several years old. Delhi High Court has refused to interfere in Telecom Regulatory TRAI’s decision to impose penalty on two companies of Vodafone. TRAI imposed a penalty of Rs 1,050 crore on two companies of Vodafone for non-compliance of provisions related to inter-connectivity, which was challenged by Vodafone in the Delhi High Court.

This led to The penalty was imposed

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India i.e. TRAI on these two companies of Vodafone for allegedly refusing to provide Inter-Connectivity Service to Reliance Jio Infocomm It was recommended to impose fine. This facility was to be provided under the inter-connectivity agreement between Vodafone and Jio, which was not followed properly.

TRAI had recommended in 2016

Vodafone This instruction issued on October 21, 2016 was challenged in the Delhi High Court. While giving the verdict, a bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramaniam Prasad said that the fine imposed by TRAI has also been challenged in the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal ie TDSAT. TDSAT is authorized to settle all disputes arising under the TRAI Act.

Delhi High Court made this observation

The bench said that if the Delhi High Court If he interferes, he will have an adverse effect on the hearing of TDSAT. For this reason, the court dismissed the petition filed by Vodafone Mobile Services Ltd and Vodafone Idea Ltd.

Order passed in the year 2021

TRAI had recommended imposition of penalty on both Vodafone companies in 2016. After that, on September 29, 2021, the Central Government had passed an order to impose fine on these companies of Vodafone. The fine was imposed for violating the provisions of the Cellular Mobile Telephone Services Rules, 2009 and the Basic Telephone Services Regulation. Of this, Rs 950 crore has been imposed on Vodafone Idea Limited and Rs 100 crore on Vodafone Mobile Services Limited.

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