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.”
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.
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