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Updated: Airtel Files Petition In Delhi High Court Over DoT Order On 3G ICR Roaming

Update: The Delhi High Court has granted a stay on the DoT order that asked telcos to stop 3G ICR arrangements, reports The Economic Times. The court asked Airtel to reply to the show cause notice issued by DoT, within 60 days and has sought details related to the revenue and customers that it gained from the ICR arrangements and about the TDSAT case. Earlier: Following the Department of Telecom's order directing Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, to stop 3G intra- circle roaming agreements, Bharti Airtel has reportedly moved the Delhi High Court challenging the DoT notice, reports PTI (via Zee News). According to the report, Bharti Airtel has said that the DoT order is against public interest as it adversely affected the interest of the customers and subscribers who benefit from the 3G arrangements, and that it violates Article 14 (equality before law) 'as it is arbitrary, has no rational basis, is illogical and contrary to the contract between the parties' "TDSAT passed split verdict and resultantly the matter is pending before the court and it has not been disposed of. Thus the interim order passed by TDSAT and confirmed by this court (the Delhi High Court in February 2012) continues to remain in force and the DoT cannot take any step to restrain the petitioner from acting upon the 3G ICR arrangements," said Airtel in its petition. Airtel's plea also mentions that it had successfully bid during the 3G spectrum auction and made significant investments, and the DoT…

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