While vacating a stay on DoT's order, the HC allowed Bharti Airtel to offer 3G roaming services till 8th May
The Delhi High Court on Thursday lifted the stay on department of telecommunications (DoT) notice to Bharti Airtel, directing it to stop 3G services outside its licensed zones and pay a penalty of Rs350 crore.
In 2010, Bharti Airtel won 3G spectrum in 13 of 22 telecom circles through auction and entered into a quid pro quo agreement with Vodafone and Idea Cellular for offering 3G services outside its licensed area.
Last month, telecom minister Kapil Sibal reportedly approved the recommendation of a DoT committee to impose Rs50 crore penalties each on seven licenses of Bharti Airtel for the Haryana, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh East, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh circles. Airtel was offering 3G services in these circles through agreements with other operators.
Last month, Bharti Airtel had major relief with the Delhi High Court ruling that it can continue its 3G intra-circle roaming services until its final order.
The court had posted the matter for 8th May while Airtel can keep the earnings from 3G services in a separate account.
Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had won licenses for 13, nine and 11 circles, respectively. These three GSM operators then entered into agreement with each other for offering 3G services by using each other's airwaves.
In December 2011, the government declared 3G roaming pacts 'illegal'.
The decline in India's domestic air traffic is an exception, as the global traffic grew 3.7%
After cancelling the mutation of the land deal, Khemka had alleged that he had received a number of threatening calls.
Four Haryana deputy commissioners conducted an inquiry into the deals after Khemka's order and gave a clean chit to Vadra, saying that there was no "undervaluation" or loss of revenue to the government in the land deals involving him in the state.
During his 21-year-long career, the 47-year-old IAS officer has been transferred over 40 times.
Just six months ago Khemka was transferred after he alleged several irregularities in land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra and DLF
Government of Haryana has transferred Ashok Khemka, the senior officer from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) on Thursday, for the second time in less than six months. Khemka was first transferred after he alleged several irregularities in land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra and realty giant DLF. Vadra is the son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Khemka, currently Managing Director or Haryana Seeds Development Corporation, has been posted as Secretary, Haryana Archives, relieving Vikas Yadav of the charge, an official release said.
Khemka was shifted from the director general for Consolidation of Land Holdings and Land Records-cum-Inspector General of Registration to the Seed Development Corporation in October last year, shortly after he initiated a probe into the land dealings between Vadra and DLF.
However, this has also affected popular sedans like Maruti SX4, Toyota Corolla Altis and Honda Civic.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Hero Mindmine Summit, Patel said the SUV tax has hurt vehicles like “Sumo and Bolero, which are used in rural areas to transport people.”
Stating that he has taken up the matter with finance minister P Chidambaram, Patel said, "I suggested that any vehicle below Rs10 lakh may be brought out of the definition.”
He said the objective must be to "dis-incentivise people who use high-end cars" and for them "not to be subsidised by cheap diesel."
Patel said the automobile industry has 'merit and justification' in seeking a re-look at the higher tax on SUVs.