Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal on Wednesday asserted the company has paid Rs 13,000 crore to the government to clear all its dues as part of its self-assessment.
“They said pay full....we have paid the full dues. It is in our letter ... which is about Rs 13,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore which is extra,” Mittal said.
The comment by Mittal, who also met telecom secretary Anshu Prakash on Wednesday, comes on a day the government reiterated in Parliament that the telecom operators had been asked to make the full payments as directed by the Supreme Court.
Mittal said that the government had asked companies to self-assess their statutory dues, which Airtel has already done. “There is no versus...They asked us to self-assess, we have self-assessed and paid,” Mittal said.
Bharti Airtel has paid Rs 13,004 crore to the government in two instalments. It had also deposited an additional Rs 5,000 crore “as an ad-hoc payment” to cover the differences, if any, arising from the reconciliation exercise with the DoT.