New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT gave a split verdict on validity of mobile phone operators offering 3G services beyond their licence areas through roaming pacts with its Chairman concurring with such a practice, while the other member on the bench differed with him.
The two-member bench comprising TDSAT Chairman Justice S B Sinha and Member P K Rastogi differed in theirs findings.
Justice Sinha allowed the telecom operators' plea against the government's directive to stop intra circle 3G roaming saying that it was violative of natural justice.
But Rastogi dismissed telecom operators plea saying they cannot provide roaming.
The operators would now appeal in higher courts.
The Chairman was of view that DoT (Department of Telecom) had not followed the proper procedure and operators were not given proper time to put their views.
According to Justice Sinha it was a violation of natural justice. Setting aside the DoT's order to operators to stop ICR (intra-circle roaming), he asked DoT to start the procedure afresh by giving proper time to operators to respond.
Meanwhile, Rastogi dismissed the appeal of telecom operators saying that they can't provide 3G services by having mere 2G license.
TDSAT has a sanctioned strength of three people including the Chairman. However, due to retirement of its technical member the tribunal now has two people, which led to the split verdict.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had concluded its marathon hearing on the plea in April.