Although, Jio’s lawyers objected to Airtel’s application, and called it as a tool to further confuse the issues, Airtel was in no mood to back down.
India’s top telecom service provider also objected continuation of the benefits under that offer to consumers who had subscribed to the offer before it was withdrawn. Senior Lawyer Gopal Jain representing Bharti Airtel asked Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to “restrain Reliance Jio forthwith from providing or from continuing to provide free services and/or services under the Summer Surprise Offer to any of its customers, including but not limited to, such customers who have already subscribed to the Summer Surprise Offer.”
The two warring sides have also taken legal and regulatory recourses to curtail one another. On March 12, Jio had asked TRAI to take “strongest action” and levy “highest penalty” on the trio for violating licence rules, telecom tariff orders and mobile number portability (MNP) guidelines.
TRAI Chairman Ram Sevak Sharma said, “They (Jio) may have written to TRAI. We will look into it soon and dispose off the matter.”
Jio in a letter to the regulator alleged, “At the outset, we submit that as far as these mobile number portability offers are concerned, these are in gross violation of existing telecom laws including Telecom Tariff Order, 1999.”
India’s top business house Reliance Industries that has invested close Rs 2 lakh crore in telecom foray has been able to enroll 72 million paid customers till March 31, 2017.