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Supreme Court asks govt to refund Rs400 crore to telecom firms

Friday, 23 November 2012 - 6:37pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

The affected mobile operators are Unitech, Aircel and Videocon.

The Supreme Court on Friday provided major relief to telecom companies by ordering the government to refund over Rs400 crore that it had taken as penalty from the former for not meeting roll-out obligations.

Among the firms affected were Unitech, Aircel and Videocon.

The DoT had imposed penalty on the operators, which were alloted spectrum in 2008, for delay in setting up infrastructure to commence services within stipulated time.

The penalty was challenged by the operators - Unitech Wireless ( Uninor), Videocon Telecom, Aircel, Dishnet Wireless and Sistema Shyam Teleservices before TDSAT.

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