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SC to look into spectrum pacts

The Supreme Court on Friday directed the department of telecom (DoT) to place before it details of the spectrum sharing agreements between different telecom operators to determine their liabilities towards the payment of Rs 1.47 lakh crore in AGR (adjusted gross revenue) dues to the government.

The top court asked the DoT secretary to file a specific affidavit apprising it about who was using the spectrum from the date of grant of license and from which date the respective sharing of spectrum took place.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, S. Abdul Nazeer and M. R. Shah posted the matter for further hearing on August 24. The bench also asked the DoT about the amount paid by Reliance Jio for using 23 percent of Reliance Communication (R-Com’s) spectrum.

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Jio, said that the company has not received any notice from the government on any additional claims by the DoT.

He said the DoT had earlier told NCLT that the spectrum can’t be traded.

“If the spectrum is not traded, it goes back to the government, it doesn’t get any dues,” Salve told the court.