The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has disposed of Vodafone Idea Limited’s (Vi) representation and objections in respect of the licence fee demand of Rs 740 million and Rs 5.1 million (including interest till March 31, 2023) for the fiscal year (FY) 2011-12.
In a regulatory filing, Vi informed that DoT, vide its communication dated November 7, 2023, has disposed of the company’s representation and objections in respect of the licence fee demand of Rs 740 million and Rs 5.1 million for FY12. The company said that it has written to DoT in the past to correct errors in the demands up to FY 2016-17, which the DoT has not acted upon so far.
Vi added that if, however, it is permissible for DoT to modify the demands for the period covered by the judgment of the Supreme Court, then, in that event, there are various errors which need to be corrected and which would reduce the demand crystallised by the Supreme Court. The issue relates to the adjusted gross revenue (AGR) verdict of the Supreme Court, wherein it had directed older telcos such as Vi and Bharti Airtel to pay dues as per the DoT’s calculations.
Vi filed a review petition seeking directions from the Supreme Court to carry out correction of these errors and the same continues to be pending. In the regulatory filing, the operator said that it is studying the above communication to determine the next course of action.