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.”
According to the Enforcement Directorate, its senior officials have found a “draft” of a CBI status report on the 2G case from Congress leader P Chidambaram’s New Delhi based house. The same has been delivered to the Supreme Court.
As per media sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation may challenge the acquittal of former telecom minister A Raja and others in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal case soon. Some media also reported that the appeal is ready and CBI will file it in the Delhi High Court once law officers of the law ministry vet the grounds of the appeal.
The Aircel case will now be taken up for hearing at the Delhi High Court on 12 March 2018. The court will hear the issue to decide if GTL Infra’s plea that Aircel should deposit money in court is valid. ATC has gone the court against Aircel to recover dues worth Rs 224 crore outstanding for lease of towers, while GTL Infrastructure is seeking recovery of about Rs 912 crore for outstanding payments and penalty for premature rent termination.
Indrani Mukerjea of the INX media case may be arrested soon, as a special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation has allowed the agency.
On 31 January, the Supreme Court has asked the Enforcement Directorate to reply on a plea of Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister P Chidambaram, against provisional attachment of his properties in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
On Jan 22, the Delhi High Court stayed the government's decision to evict an association of accredited journalists from a room given to it in the National Media Centre (NMC) in New Delhi. The court also issued notice to the Press Information Bureau (PIB) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting seeking their responses by May 9 to the Press Association's plea challenging the government's decision.
On 22 January, hearing the plea of the accused in INX case, the Supreme Court allowed Mohanan Rajesh and Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad from January 27 to February 5. Both are under scanner in INX Media case.
The patent lawsuits filed recently by Rovi Corporation against Comcast allege that latter’s X1 platform infringes technology invented and patented by Rovi, including pausing and resuming shows on different devices, restarting live programming in progress, advanced DVR recording features, and advanced search and voice functionality.
The government has been directed by the Supreme Court to file the status report in on the probe conducted by the Enforcement Directorate officer Rajeshwar Singh in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
On 15 December, the Supreme Court directed the CBI, the ED and the special public prosecutor appointed by it in the 2G spectrum scam case to file a status report on the probe carried out by ED in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
The Madras High Court has reserved its orders in cable landing stations (CLS) case. It had received a batch of petitions challenging the regulations of telecom operator TRAI pertaining to access charges levied by owners of cable landing stations (CLS), where submarine cables providing international connectivity terminate in India.
The decision to reduce the interconnect charges (IUC) by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on September 19 continues to face opposition from telcos. TRAI reduced IUC to 6 paise a minute from 14 paise from October 1.
In Aircel-Maxis case, Karti Chidambaram, son of former finance minister P. Chidambaram, has reached the Supreme Court on 4 October 2017, challenging the summons issued to him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Finally as expected, the leading telcos Airtel and Idea have moved to the the Bombay High Court, seeking a stay on TRAI’s recent decision to bring down the interconnection usage charge (IUC) to 6 paisa from 14 paisa. Their representatives requested the HC to stay the implementation of the TRAI’s decision.
P. Chidambaram, former finance minister, has labelled the allegations of Enforcement Directorate in connection with Aircel-Maxis against his son K. Chidambaram case as a "crazy mixture of falsehoods and conjectures."
Despite a total ban from April 1, analogue signals are still beamed in many places. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has now asked the Government of Punjab to ensure that this doesn’t happen any longer, and stern action is taken against the defaulters.
The Delhi High Court, on Sep 8, said that it will not pass any interim order stopping Republic TV from airing any news or debate in connection with Shashi Tharoor’s wife SunandaPushkar’s death case.
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