Bharti Airtel considers submitting healing petition on AGR after the SC dismissed assessment petitions

Bharti Airtel has introduced that it’s contemplating submitting a healing petition within the matter. The announcement comes after the Supreme Courtroom dismissed assessment petitions on Thursday. The petitions have been filed by telcos difficult its verdict within the Adjusted Gross Income (AGR) case. Healing petition is the final constitutional treatment out there to an individual whose assessment petition has been dismissed by the Supreme Courtroom. The telecom main in a press release expressed disappointment and famous that the AGR dues would additional influence the trade which is already reeling below a extreme monetary stress.

Bharti Airtel considers submitting healing petition

“Whereas respecting the Supreme Courtroom’s determination, we want to categorical our disappointment as we imagine the lengthy standing disputes raised relating to the AGR definition have been bonafide and real,” Bharti Airtel mentioned. “The trade continues to face extreme monetary stress and the end result may additional erode the viability of the sector as a complete. The trade must proceed to put money into increasing networks, buying spectrum and introducing New Applied sciences like 5G. The cash now required to pay punitive curiosity, penalty and curiosity on penalty which varieties almost 75 p.c of AGR dues would have higher served the digital mission of the nation,” the corporate mentioned.

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A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices S.A. Nazeer and M.R. Shah discovered no advantage within the assessment petitions and dismissed it. The ultimate deadline for the telecom firms to pay Rs 1.47 lakh crore is on January 23. The Telecom Ministry in November instructed Parliament that telcos owe almost Rs 1.47 lakh crore in license charge (LF) and spectrum utilization expenses (SUC). The full quantity is break up in two halves — license charge involves Rs 92,642 crore as of July 2019 and SUC involves Rs 55,054 crore as of October 2019.

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Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Concept maintain nearly all of these liabilities, which emerge from these dues. For Bharti Airtel, dues are round Rs 35,586 crore — Rs 21,682 crore as LF and Rs 13,904 crore as SUC and for Vodafone Concept the dues quantity to Rs 53,038 crore, of which Rs 28,309 crore in LF and Rs 24,730 crore in SUC. Airtel has raised $three billion by means of a certified institutional placement (QIP) and an abroad bond to repay the federal government dues. Whereas Vodafone Concept Ltd has modified the phrases of its rights subject to partially use the proceeds for the AGR dues.

(Written with IANS inputs)

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