SC notice to Anil Ambani over contempt plea by Ericsson

New Delhi, Jan 7 : The Supreme Court on Monday has issued notice to Reliance Communication Ltd (RCom) chairman Anil Dhirubhai Ambani and others on a contempt petition filed by Ericsson India over non-payment of its dues of about Rs 550 crore.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Vineet Saran sought a response from Ambani and others in four weeks.

The contempt plea by Vishal Garg — the authorised representative of Ericsson India — who has contended that RCOM was in breach of top court’s August 3, 2018 and October 23, 2018 orders directing it to pay Ericsson Rs 550 crore.

Besides Ambani, the other two respondents in the contempt plea are Satish Seth — Chairman, Reliance Telecom Ltd and Chhaya Virani — Chairman, Reliance Infratel Ltd.

The court gave five weeks’ time to respond to the notice.

Reacting to Monday’s order, a Reliance Communications spokesperson said: “The Hon’ble Supreme Court has given four weeks’ time to file its response to the contempt petition filed by Ericsson. Thereafter, Ericsson has been given one week’s time to file its rejoinder. The matter will be taken up for hearing thereafter.”

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