Supreme Court reserves verdict on Vodafone-Idea, Airtel’s plea– News18 Hindi

New Delhi. Hearing in the AGR case was held in the Supreme Court today. In which the Supreme Court has reserved the decision. In this case, in September last year, the court had asked the telecom companies to pay the AGR dues. Its biggest impact was on companies like Vodafone and Airtel. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta argued on behalf of the government in the court. On behalf of Vodafone Idea, Mukul Rohatgi is lobbying in this matter. He said that this issue has been going on for the last 20 years and now a demand of Rs 58,000 crore is being made from the company together.

In the hearing of September 2020, the court had said that companies can pay AGR dues in 10 years. On behalf of Vodafone, Mukul Rohatgi said that the company has paid more than the amount that was to be paid in the first installment. The company is no longer demanding any review on this. Rohatgi said that there is an error in the AGR amount calculation. If I pay Re 1 then it shows 50 paise. The Supreme Court should allow Vodafone Idea to place these discrepancies before the Telecom Department.

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Rohatgi said that the company made a payment of Rs 155 crore but it is showing only 153 crore in the payment book of the Telecom Department. Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of Bharti Airtel said that Airtel has paid Rs 18,000 crore. There are many errors in the calculation of AGR like duplication, showing outstanding despite payments. In this, there is no demand for calculation twice. Singhvi said, we are only demanding that the Telecom Department should look into these irregularities. The Supreme Court has said in earlier decisions that there will be no re-calculation of AGR amount.

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