The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its verdict on a plea filed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), seeking details from Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea on their segmented offers.
A three-judge bench led by CJI S.A. Bobde reserved its order on the issue.
According to TRAI, the telcos cannot create a special class of consumers, nor can they make discriminatory or anti-competitive offers. The plea was opposed by both the telcos on the ground that it would violate commercial confidentiality and help rivals poach their subscribers.
Further, the regulator added that operators should not act till the court took a call on the TRAI’s appeal against the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) order which had ruled that the regulator had no power to call for such general information from carriers. To which telcos said that it was unworkable to expect telcos to disclose hundreds of such offers and such information cannot be sought once the TDSAT has ruled against it.