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DoT issues demand-cum-show notices to 6 telcos for Rs 29,474 crore

As per orders of the SC, DoT has been barred from taking any coercive step to recover the dues.


New Delhi: DoT has distributed demand-cum-show cause notifications to 6 telecom companies including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular for under-reporting revenues amounting to Rs 29,474 crore, Parliament was informed today.

“Department of Telecom has distributed demand-cum-show cause notifications to six private telecom companies on the basis of C&AG Report No 4 of 2016, for four financial years ie 2006-07 to 2009-10 for a total amount of Rs 29,474 crore on account of licence fee (LF),” Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today supposed in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

This includes Rs 6,490 crore of LF, Rs 13,751 crore in interest, Rs 3,178 crore of penalties and Rs 6,055 crore for interest on penalty from the six operators, he additional.

“The figure of Rs 6,490 crore is the brush up LF demand which includes Rs 3,794 crore of LF demand already higher by DoT on account of Regular and Special Audit Demands,” he said.

The notice has hunt for Rs 8,162 crore from Bharti Airtel, Rs 7,701 crore from Reliance Group, Rs 5,718 crore from Tata Teleservices, Rs 4,695 crore from Vodafone, Rs 2,708 crore from Idea Cellular and Rs 490 crore from Aircel.

The LF is calculated as a percentage of Familiar Gross Revenue. The description of AGR is underneath litigation since 2003. The material is presently imminent in the Supreme Court. As per orders of the SC, DoT has been banded from taking any bullying step to recover the charges.

“One of the telecom service suppliers ie Reliance Communications Ltd has challenged these demands in Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) vide petition no. 71 of 2016. Matter is pending in TDSAT,” he said.

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