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Case heads for apex court again

New Delhi, Aug. 8: The cellular operators are examining the option of challenging in the Supreme Court the split verdict of the Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal which upheld the right of fixed-line telephony operators to provide limited mobility services.

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) told reporters after the TDSAT verdict that they would focus on the points raised by Justice Wadhwa in his dissent note.

Raian Karanjiwala, legal counsel for COAI, said: “The issues like level playing field have been pointed out by all the three members. Further issues like restricting the limited mobile calls within the SDCA can also be highlighted.”

“The COAI is expected to take a decision soon on when to move the Supreme Court,” added Karanjiwala.

T. V. Ramachandran, director general of COAI, said: “Our legal counsel are examining the order and based on their assessment, the association will decide on the future course of action. We have not lost the case. It is open and our point of view have been reflected in the order given by all the members.”

However, not everyone seems to be in favour of protracted litigation on the controversial issue of limited nobility.

Spice Telecom chief B. K. Modi said the basic and cellular operators should sit across the table to discuss and find a solution to the whole issue and not go in for litigation.

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