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No AGR dues payment till next SC verdict: Bharti Airtel to DoT

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New Delhi: Bharti Airtel on Thursday told the Department of Telecom that it will not clear any AGR arrears until the Supreme Court hearing next week.

“Airtel has written to DoT that it will not be making the AGR dues payment today and wait till next hearing of the Supreme Court on its modification petition,” the sources said.

With this, none of the telcos will be paying as the January 23 deadline ends as per the October 24 apex court order and will wait till next week for their next course of action depending on the outcome of the hearing.

Vodafone Idea had informed the DoT the same thing.

Airtel AGR dues are Rs 35,586 crore and Vodafone Idea has to pay Rs 52,039 crore.

Vodafone Idea, Bharti Telecom, and Tata Teleservices have to pay a total Rs 1.02 lakh crore in AGR-related dues.  (IANS)

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