04:49 am - Thursday 27 April 2017

BSNL restrained from disconnecting Airtel in J&K

By Parvina Purkayastha - Mon Sep 24, 12:06 pm

Telecom tribunal TDSAT, in an interim order has directed state- run BSNL not to disconnect the point of interconnections of Bharti Airtel in J&K circle.

The order is followed by an issue which is related to damage of  BSNL cable by Airtel while laying cable. For this BSNL had issued a notice for disconnecting to Airtel from its network on July 7. Operators dig earth during while laying cables and during the process cables laid by the other operators sometimes get damaged.

Bharti Airtel had admitted before TDSAT that it has caused damages to BSNL’s cable at three places. However, it said that BSNL’s demand was exaggerated

The tribunal said if BSNL is allowed to disconnect the point of interconnections of Bharti Airtel then “not only the petitioner (Airtel) but also its subscribers may suffer substantial injury“.

The balance of convenience also lies in favour of Airtel in as much as in the event this petition is ultimately dismissed, BSNL can be monetarily compensated by directing it to pay the demanded amount together with interest,” said the TDSAT bench headed by its Chairman Justice S B Sinha.

Meanwhile, TDSAT directed Airtel to pay Rs three lakhs to BSNL, the liability admitted by it for PSU’s cable damage before TDSAT, within a week.

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