Vodafone Idea moves SC seeking correction in DoT’s AGR math

8Jan,2021

Vodafone Idea moves SC seeking correction in DoT’s AGR math

On Thursday The Vodafone Idea Ltd (Vi) has directed the department of telecommunications (DoT) to recalculate adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues to be paid by the telecom operator through the Supreme Court. This incident took place in after the rival Bharti Airtel Ltd filed the petition before the top court citing "mathematical errors" on the part of DoT. Tata Communications Ltd is predicted to approach the apex on coming Friday regarding the same issue. In October 2019 a judgment was passed by the apex Court on the petition with was a 14 year legal battle between DoT and the mobile operators. The judgment was favour to the government. According to Vi it owes the government ₹21,533 crore and it has paid ₹7,854 crore. But according to DoT, Vi owes ₹58,254 crore in ACR dues, including principal, interest, penalty, and interest on penalty.DoT has demanded ₹43,980 crore from Airtel, which is more than three times the self-assessed amount of ₹13,004 crore. Airtel has so far paid ₹18,004 crore to the DoT. Tata Communications, too, differs with DoT’s demand of ₹16,978 crore, saying it owes ₹2,197 crore to the government.
The telcos are only pointing out “arithmetical errors" in DoT’s calculations through the pleas and are yet to take a call on whether to file curative petitions against the Supreme Court’s September order, the person quoted above said.