The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Centre and TRAI on a plea seeking direction to fix cost-based tariff as cap for SMSes. The notice was issued on a plea alleging telecom operators were charging “arbitrary” rates.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir agreed to hear the PIL, filed by Telecom Watchdog, saying the government and TRAI should put a cap on the tariff of telecom services. It added that companies should not be allowed to levy termination charges for SMSes. The bench gave four weeks time to the government and TRAI to file their replies.
Telecom Watchdrog has contended that all operators have started raising the tariff arbitrarily, taking advantage of the situation of reduced competition after the cancellation of 122 licenses by the apex court on February 6, 2012.