TDSAT rejects RCom’s contempt plea against COAI

TDSAT rejects RCom’s contempt plea against COAI


New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT rejected on 19 November, a contempt application by Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Communications (RCom) against Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), for allegedly taking the legal battle on spectrum for a media trial.

RCom wanted COAI officials, including its director general T V Ramachandran, to be punished for contempt of the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), an argument dismissed by the appellate authority. The Tribunal, however, turned down a COAI request to impose cost on RCom.

COAI countered the charges, saying Anil Ambani himself was giving out information to the media on the spectrum war, including a letter written by him to the Prime Minister that attacked GSM operators Vodafone and Bharti Airtel.

Appearing for COAI, senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi also submitted the copies of inputs originating from Anil Ambani that appeared in newspapers.

During the proceedings, RCom’s counsel contended COAI was making statements on a daily basis in the media on this subject, which is sub-judice. He also requested the tribunal to pass a direction restraining COAI them for taking the matter to the media.

However, TDSAT chairman Justice Arun Kumar turned it down.

On 12 November, TDSAT had impleaded RCom and made it a party in the COAI’s petition challenging DoT’s direction over dual technology.