Past Liability: RCom, RJio get 3 more weeks to resolve issue


new delhi: The Supreme Court gave further three weeks time to Reliance Communications (RCom) and Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) to resolve among themselves as to who will be liable for the past dues of the former once the spectrum trading deal between the two is cleared by the government.
At its last hearing on January 7, the court gave time to the two sides till Friday to resolve the matter after RJio refused to give an undertaking that it would pay the dues of RCom, if any came to light, once the trading deal was through.
Appearing before a bench led by justice RF Nariman, senior counsel Kapil Sibal sought three-week adjournment on behalf of RCom as the company wanted to move the telecom tribunal. The court granted the request.
The apex court had maintained that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) would give the required no objection certificate (NoC) to the deal only after RCom and RJio resolved the issue between themselves over the past dues. “Sit down and resolve this between yourselves, it is not for us. Till you don’t resolve between yourself, we can’t do anything,” the judge said at the last hearing on January 7.
The bench in its last hearing had also sought response from RCom chairman Anil Ambani on a plea by Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson India seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against him and two others for failing to clear its dues of Rs 550 crore. Ericsson has sought that Ambani be “detained in civil prison” and restrained from travelling abroad unless the payment is made.
While allowing RCom to deposit Rs 118 crore towards its dues to Ericsson with the Supreme Court registry, the apex court had refused to exempt Ambani and others from personal appearance before it on the next date of hearing after five weeks.

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