Supreme Court Refuse To Stay Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal

The supreme court of India has decided not to stay TDSAP or Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, which set aside the amendments in two different orders. As per the reports, these amendments led to an inflation-linked hike of 27.5% on addressable as well as non-addressable systems.

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Justice C. Nagappan and Justice V. Gopala Gowda listed the appeal hearing on this case on July 1, 2015 and stated that the matter would only be considered if the violation of any law were involved in it. Initially, IBF (Indian Broadcasting Foundation) and quite a few broadcasters decided to carry out operations keeping in mind the wholesale price index. However, counsel

Aman Lekhi and Vivek Sarin stated that WPI couldn’t be applied in this case as WPI applied to the wages (labor wages) and the agricultural products, only. TDSAT Chairman Aftab Alam along with one of the members Kuldip Singh noted in an order on April 28, 2015 that the eleventh and thirteenth amendments of ‘The Telecommunication Services Tariff’ were untenable. The Tribunal has also stated that TRAI was expected to have a fresh look at the various tariff orders in a holistic manner and introduce a fresh set of tariff orders that could replace the earlier ones.

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