New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday slammed the telecom companies for not paying dues worth thousands of crores to the government and asked them to explain why contempt of court cases won’t be filed against them. Also Read - Huawei can reach the top spot in telecom industry without Google; issues warning to US
“We don’t know who is creating this nonsense. Is there no law left in the country… It is better not to live in this country and rather leave the country,” the bench of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice M R Shah observed. Also Read - Post Banks Merger, Reviving Telecom PSUs BSNL and MTNL Next on Government's Agenda
The top court said a desk officer is writing a letter to the Attorney General and other constitutional authorities saying they should not insist on payment of money by telcos and others and to ensure that no coercive action is taken against them. Also Read - Data usage revenue for telecom operators jumps to Rs 54,671 crore in 2018: TRAI
In an earlier order, the Supreme Court had ordered the telecom companies to pay adjusted gross revenue (AGR) worth Rs 92,000 crore to the government.
The court has posted the matter for March 17 by when the telecom companies have to clear dues else the CMDs/MDs will have to be personally present in the court.