New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT Tuesday declined any interim relief to Bharti Airtel that was seeking restoration of connection with BSNL in parts of Bangalore, a development that would affect the private company’s subscribers in the garden city in terms of services.
BSNL had disconnected Bharti Airtel from its Points of Interconnections (POIs) in Malleswaram, located in north-west Bangalore last week, over non payment of dues of Rs 66 crore.
“At this stage I am not inclined to pass any order in this case,” said TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun after observing wide differences in both sides, and posted the matter for hearing on 16 July.
Bharti Airtel is believed to be contemplating approaching the High Court for a definitive direction at the earliest.
During the proceedings at the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), counsels appearing for BSNL submitted that the dues from Bharti Airtel were genuine and they would not restore connection until the amount was paid.
BSNL also submitted that they had disconnected Reliance on the similar ground earlier and any such restoration would show bias against the other player.
On being asked by the tribunal that the consumer would suffer from any such disconnections, BSNL replied that everything was done in a legal manner as it had given Airtel a three-week notice.
“We have sent them a three week notice. Even after three weeks we waited for another four days. They were sleeping on that and when the connections were disconnected, they are pleading for urgency,” said the counsel appearing for BSNL.