In Aircel-Maxis case, a Delhi court on 10 September sought response from former finance minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea seeking cancellation of interim relief from arrest granted to him.
As per charge sheet filed by the investigating agency CBI, the former finance minister P Chidambaram deliberately ignored prevailing guidelines while deciding the Aircel-Maxis case to avoid sending it to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
On 24 August, the Supreme Court refused interim stay on a telecom tribunal order directing the Department of Telecommunications to return bank guarantees of about Rs 2,000 crore to Reliance Communications (RCom).
On 17 August, Kalanithi Maran got a jolt as the Supreme Court rejected a plea filed by him challenging a Madras High Court verdict setting aside a trial court order discharging him in illegal telephone exchange case.
The illegal telephone exchange case involving former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his older brother Kalanithi Maran will be heard on 17 August by A special court for CBI cases.
On 7 August, a Delhi Court extended the interim protection of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till October 8. They are under trial in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.
On 3 August, the Supreme Court said ‘No’ to interfere with a Delhi High Court order which granted bail to Karti Chidambaram in a case in which he was allegedly involved in financial irregularities related to INX Media.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s pesky call order has not gone down well with US smartphone manufacturer Apple. As per iPhone maker, TRAI has exceeded its jurisdiction by stipulating that telcos will have to shut down handsets that do not permit the regulator’s do-not-disturb (DND) app to be downloaded.
On 3 July, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar of the Madras High Court upheld the powers of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to make regulations on charges levied by CLS owners.
The trouble of former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran may double as the Madras High Court on 29 June refused longer adjournment in illegal phone exchange case.
On 16 May, RP Techvision India, the owner of Bengali news channel Kolkata 24×7, has been directed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to pay Antrix Corporation Rs 2.46 crore within three weeks, while Rs. 1.30 crore will have to be paid within one week (23 May).
On 4 May, the Delhi High Court headed by Justice Rajiv Shakdher declined to consider the telecom regulator TRAI’s plea on its mobile tariff since it was against HC’s interim order. The Court upheld its interim stay on its recent order which required telecom operators to report all tariff plans.
While the Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson has reached the Delhi High Court against Aircel and its units for recovery of arrears worth Rs 251.40 crore, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has extended a stay on encashment of both financial and performance-based bank guarantees of Aircel, saying it will wait till the Supreme Court hears a separate matter on one-time spectrum charges in a case involving Aircel and DoT in near future.
As reported earlier, the debt-ridden Reliance Communications, in December 2017, struck a deal to sell most of its spectrum, fibre, towers and switching nodes to Jio, but the sale got stuck due to legal issues. Ericsson, which is claiming Rs 1,012 crore of arrears from RCom, got an arbitration tribunal order preventing the transfer of the telco’s assets till further orders. RCom reached the Bombay High Court against the tribunal’s order, but its appeal was dismissed over a week ago.
The leading telecom operator Vodafone has got relief from the Madras High Court in TRAI tariff case. The court has directed the telecom regulator TRAI not to take any coercive or penal action against the telco. The court stayedTRAI’s demand that Vodafone put all its tariff plans on its website, including those offered to retain individual customers.
The investigating agency CBI will now move to the Madras High Court against the discharge of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi by a special court in alleged "illegal" telephone exchange case.
On 16 February, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) made fresh searches against those who are allegedly connected to Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, in connection with the INX Media money laundering case.
The closed company Reliance communication may be in greater trouble as ATC too has filed case against it to recover its dues. ACT said: “RCom’s responses to its demand to pay the dues were evasive/non-committal indicating mala-fide intent to avoid the payment.”
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