The Supreme Court of India has directed telecom operator Vodafone to pay Rs 2,000 crore to the government to approve the merger of its four firms, reports Business Standard. The report added that the court ordered the department of telecommunications to approve the merger of four firms with Vodafone Mobile Services, a subsidiary of Vodafone India. The government appealed against an interim order of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on spectrum usage charge and other issues, including the merger of Vodafone-related firms. The TDSAT said that no amount was payable till the disputes between the government and Vodafone were resolved. The government moved the Supreme Court contending that Vodafone had not followed the guidelines for merger and that the deal could not be approved till dues were cleared. The government further contended that Vodafone Mobile owed Rs 6,678…
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