New Delhi: In view of inordinate delay by the Delhi High Court to adjudicate on COAI’s petition challenging spectrum allocation and cross over technology, the telecom tribunal TDSAT today said it will go ahead with the final hearing on the issue.
Earlier in February, TDSAT had said it would wait for the final orders of the Delhi high Court, which has reserved the judgement on the writ petition filed by GSM lobby Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) challenging the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) policy on allocation of additional spectrum and use of dual technology.
Accepting the requests of the counsel, Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) Chairman Justice Arun Kumar directed to list the matter on July 29 and 30 for final hearing.
During the proceedings of the tribunal, senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the GSM lobby group, requested the tribunal to fix a date in July for final hearing as the matter was getting delayed. He also opposed to the tribunal’s approach to wait for the high court order.
He also rejected the argument that there was clash of jurisdiction between the high court and TDSAT on the issue.
However, Solicitor General of India G E Vahanvati and Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh, representing DoT, were in favour of adjournment as the condition were the same on which the tribunal had earlier postponed the hearing.