MUMBAI The Bombay High Court has asked the government to not take any coercive action against Idea Cellular Ltd (IDEA.NS) until March 1 on a demand to pay surcharges on airwaves, the mobile phone operator said on Thursday.
Idea, the country's No.3 mobile phone carrier by revenue, had appealed the order after the telecommunications ministry sent notices to carriers asking them to pay the surcharges.
The government is imposing the surcharges totalling more than $4 billion on long-established carriers including Bharti Airtel Ltd (BRTI.NS) and Vodafone Group Plc's (VOD.L) local unit, after an overhaul in the airwave sale process.
But carriers have challenged the move saying it violates the conditions of their licence agreements with the government.
(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)
Trending On Reuters
Ready for Rate Hike
Two years ago India was a "fragile five" economy growing at 5 percent, facing a severe current account deficit and the rupee at record lows as the U.S. Fed Reserve prepared to taper its stimulus programme. Today, two years into the term of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, India is set to confidently face the Fed's first rate rise since 2006. Full Article