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Case against Airtel, Tata for cheating

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 24, 2013
First Published: 23:59 IST(24/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(25/2/2013)

The CBI has registered an FIR against Bharti Airtel Limited, Tata Communication Limited and Singapore Telecommunications Limited on charges of causing a loss of around Rs. 48 crore to the government by illegally providing international long distance (ILD) services.

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“The case has been registered under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code for violation of the licensing norms of the department of telecommunication (DoT),” a CBI spokesperson said.

The FIR was filed on a complaint by the ministry of communications and information technology, which said it had come to the notice of DoT that Singapore Telecommunications Limited — an alleged illegal service provider — was selling unauthorised ILD services to Indian customers without obtaining requisite licences.

It was doing so in connivance with Bharti Airtel and Tata Communications.

The CBI first registered a preliminary enquiry to look into the charges. After a preliminary probe, the agency converted that into an FIR. The DoT had registered a complaint with the CBI on November 29, 2010.

When contacted, Bharti Airtel refused to comment, while quoted Tata Communications was quoted as saying that it would not comment on speculation.


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