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‘Consumer interest first on ruling in Jio free offer’

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jan 2017 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, Jan 6: A telecom tribul on Friday said subscribers’ interest is paramount, while hearing a case where Bharti Airtel has challenged the sectoral watchdog’s permission to Reliance Jio for continuing its free services offer.

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribul (TDSAT) said it fully understands the predicament of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), against which Bharti Airtel has lodged the case.

It, nonetheless, said while the ruling has to “balance the interest of operators”, the “primary interest is of the consumer.”

The quasi-judicial body has asked the TRAI to take a decision on Reliance Jio’s 4G free offer within “reasoble time”.

This, after Additiol Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the watchdog, submitted that a large number of similar applications are before TRAI, warranting similar action, and that 10 days’s time to take a call on the matter and spell out the fil decision is not sufficient. (IANS)

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