The Supreme Court is hearing the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) case today.
As per the court, its previous order was clear enough and no further objections would be allowed against payable dues. The apex court also questioned the Solicitor General on telcos’ self-assessments without permission of the court, terming it a contempt of court.
The Supreme Court further said that the AGR issue was a matter of public money which has gone unpaid for 20 years. It also stated that telcos were trying to influence public opinion through the media.
The court stated that it does not appreciate telcos’ actions and will hold all managing directors and chief executive officers of the companies accountable. As per the court, bills were raised and the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) had audited them, so self-assessment cannot be done now.
Further, the court came down heavily on the government for its proposal to reassess the dues owed by telcos including Vodafone Idea and Airtel. The court also ordered to summon DoT officials responsible for self-assessment.
The case is being heard by Justice Arun Mishra, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice M.R. Shah.
Picture Credits : PTI