Centre Order Telcos To Clear Dues By 11:59 PM , After Supreme Court Rap

Centre Order Telcos To Clear Dues By 11:59 PM , After Supreme Court Rap

Centre Order Telcos To Clear Dues By 11:59 PM, After Supreme Court Rap

New Delhi: The government has asked telecom companies to pay their dues by 11.59 pm tonight, Press Trust of India reported on Friday, hours after the Supreme Court's dressing down on unpaid dues.

Companies like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have been issued notices by the Department of Telecom, according to the news agency.

This morning, the court ripped into telecom companies as well as the government over the dues remaining unpaid despite its orders. "We don't know who is creating this nonsense, is there no law left in the country," the Supreme Court asked, summoning telecom company bosses for contempt.

The managing directors of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, MTNL, BSNL, Reliance Communications, Tata Telecommunication, and others were summoned to the court on March 17.

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"It is better not to live in this country and rather leave the country," the judges thundered, angry about a letter from a desk officer of the Department of Telecom, who "stayed" the court order and said no action should be taken against the companies if they failed to pay up by the deadline.

"I am anguished. I feel I should not work in this court. Our conscience has been shaken by the way things are happening in the country," a Supreme Court bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S Abdul Nazeer, and MR Shah said.

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