The Supreme Court issues a notice to telecommunications companies and directors about fees

NEW DELHI: On Friday they issued a notice and their directors told them to explain why they should not initiate contempt proceedings against them for not complying with their order to pay adjusted gross income (AGR) of Rs 1.47 lakh crore to the telecommunications department (Point ). The court asked the operators to deposit the amount before March 17.

The higher court also told the Center to immediately withdraw an order approved by its desk officer for not taking coercive measures against telecommunications companies.

He said the officer in question will be sent to jail if the order is not withdrawn.

Regarding the breach of his AGR order, the court also declared: We do not know who is creating this nonsense, is there no law left in the country ... It is better not to live in this country and rather leave the country? Our conscience has been shaken by the way things are happening in the country.

The court also said: We have dismissed the petition for review in the case of AGR but not yet a single penny has been deposited.

Telecommunications operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Tata Teleservices, approached the SC in January for modifications to the superior court verdict in the AGR case.

The court has already rejected the request to review its previous order.

Voda Idea owes more than Rs 50,000 crore to DoT, while Bharti Airtel has to pay more than Rs 35,500 crore. Tata Teleservices, which sold its mobile services business to Airtel, has a quota of almost Rs 14,000 million.

Reliance Jio is the only company that has paid its Rs 60 fees. The amount was significantly less than others when the company began operations in 2016.

Voda Idea shares fell more than 12 percent after development in a general domestic market that traded unchanged.

(With agency contributions)