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Telcos must pay up AGR Dues - SC

2020-03-18

It was made clear by the Supreme Court that there couldn’t be another attempt at calculating the AGR dues of telecom firms. In the reaction to AGR reassessment plea filed by the Department of Telecom, the Supreme Court said that –

  • It would not spare officials who allowed reassessment of the pending telecom dues. Expressing its surprise over the plea,
  • The government earlier fought tooth and nail, while suggesting penalty against telecom companies but now it wanted to do away with the interest.
  • The Self-Assessment done by the Telecom companies was a sheer violation of the Supreme Court order -- a "sheer contempt".
  • Some players had suggested at least 8-10 months were required for corroborating numbers on self-assessment done by the telecom companies, which couldn't be allowed.
  • The Centre to withdraw the DoT order, which allowed the telcos to do self-assessment of their pending dues.

The apex court will now take up the matter after two weeks as it has agreed to hear the solicitor general's plea seeking more time for companies to make the payments.

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