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The Delhi High Court today refused to entertain a petition seeking directions to all telephone operators and internet service providers (ISPs) to not charge any amount from offices, shops, businesses, factories etc that have remained compulsorily closed due to COVID-19 lockdown.
A Division Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Yogesh Khanna observed that a similar issue was taken up by the Supreme Court.
The Petitioner, SK Sharma, had sought waiver of bills from telephone and internet service providers on the ground that their services were not being used at shops, offices etc due to the lockdown.
The Petitioner argued that payment for services which were defacto ‘not availed’ due to the directions issued by the Government was unjustified.
The Petitioner suggested that in case such waiver is not granted, the amount so collected by the telephone/ internet service providers should be directed to the PM National Relief Fund.
The Court was informed that the Petitioner had even made a representation to the authorities but no action has been taken till date.
After the Court stated that it would not entertain the plea, the Petitioner proceeded to withdraw the petition.
Petitioner was represented by Advocate Amit Sahni.