The Delhi High Court on Thursday rejected DoT’s plea seeking a stay on a tribunal order that restrained the latter from imposing a ban on 3G roaming pacts between mobile operator.
The court ruled that TDSAT had the jurisdiction to hear plea of the telcos challenging DoT’s order banning 3G roaming services offered by operators in each others' circles.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said they were not inclined to interfere with the tribunal orders and dismissed the petition.
DoT had challenged the TDSAT’s ruling which gave an interim relief to the telcos who sought the tribunal’s intervention on DoT’s order scarping the 3G roaming pacts between the operators.
The Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on January 19 had ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the telcos’ appeal against the DoT’ order to scrap the pacts.
The tribunal also reserved the order till February 2 when the next hearing comes up. A bench of Judges S.B. Sinha and P.K. Rastogi, however, directed the service operators to handover the roaming agreements copies to DoT.