September 29, 2011 1:38:57 am
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Central government to respond to a petition alleging that a few major telecom operators are using the 3G spectrum in violation of the existing licence conditions and that the authorities inaction to check this violation has resulted in a loss to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has sought the reply by November 30. Various private operators have entered into agreements among themselves for using each others network and spectrum and provide 3G services,even in those areas and circles in India,where they neither have the licence nor any 3G spectrum,thus entering into 3G area of operation through back-door, the plea said.
It said that DoT,TRAI and ministries of Home and Finance knew of the violations but failed to curb them,causing huge losses to the exchequer as well as posed a security risk for the nation.
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