The Supreme Court on Tuesday will likely to hear the call drop case filed by telecom operators against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)‘s call drop compensation regulation.
During the last hearing on March 10, telcos had presented their views on TRAI’s mandate calling the move to levy penalty for call drops as a “populist measure”.
Senior counsel Kapil Sibal, defending the telcos, said, “Object is to penalise me and earn revenues. This is populism.” Sibal had also mentioned that there is provision of 2 % call drops under the terms and conditions of licence, exceeding which the telcos are likely to attract penalties, further pointing out that that, it is the admitted position of TRAI that none of the telco have breached the 2 % call drops cap and none of them have been penalised on this count.
Following Sibal’s defence, the apex court asked 12 telecom operators, challenging the penalty, to individually submit affidavits stating that they have not crossed the 2% limit and have never been penalised for the same.
The apex court on March 4 had declined interim stay on Delhi High Court order upholding TRAI’s decision making it mandatory for telcos to compensate subscribers for call drop.
The regulator has mandated the telcos to compensate the consumers with Re.1 per call up to 3 dropped calls per day starting from January 2016, which has been unanimously opposed by the telcos.