Telecom tribunal TDSAT today asked another new operator Videocon Telecom to pay 60 per cent of Rs 12.45 crore penalty slapped on it by the Department of Telecom for missing roll-out obligations, while admitting its appeal against DoT.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal bench, headed by Justice S B Sinha, allowed Videocon’s plea but directed it to pay around Rs 3 crore within two weeks. The company has already paid Rs 6.95 crore to DoT.
TDSAT’s interim order follows Videocon plea, challenging the demand notice issued by DoT seeking Liquidated Damages (LD) for not rolling out its services within the stipulated period of one year.
On January 1, DoT had issued notice to Videocon demanding LD for four circles.
It has demanded Rs 6.95 crore for Kolkata circle, Rs 3.35 crore for West Bengal circle, Rs 1.