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AGR: "I am literally shocked" Justice Arun Mishra directs presence of Managing Directors of telcos

Court has also directed them to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them.

Aditi Singh

Anguished by their non-payment of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues, the Supreme Court today directed the Managing Directors/Directors of the errant telecom companies to show cause as to why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them. (Union of India vs Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers)

A three-judge Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Abdul Nazeer and MR Shah also directed the presence of all Directors of the telcos, including the Managing Director, on the next date of hearing, if the dues are not cleared till then.

"I am literally shocked", Justice Arun Mishra remarked as he observed that not a "single penny has been paid till date".

The Court also pulled up the Department of Telecom desk officer who wrote to the Attorney General asking him to not insist on payment of dues till further orders.

The DoT had reportedly issued a circular stating that no coercive action should be taken against the operators for non-payment of AGR dues within the timeframe set by the Supreme Court.

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