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No more unwanted calls: Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court rules that telephone companies must not provide the data of a subscriber to a third party for making unsolicited calls.

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2007 20:47 IST

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday ruled that telemarketing companies cannot make unsolicited calls to even those telephone subscribers who do not register with the 'National Do Not Call Registry'.

A bench headed by Justice Tirath Singh Thakur said, "It is not necessary for the subscribers to register with the Registry. The telephone companies should not provide the data of a subscriber to a third party for making unsolicited calls."

Petitioner Nivedita Sharma in her application sought the High Court's direction to a private bank, which made unsolicited calls to a customer.

The government has from September 5 launched the 'National Do Not Call Registry', like those existing in many countries, banning unsolicited calls to the mobile and landline phone subscribers.

The government had told the Supreme Court that subscribers would have to register with the Registry, by making a call or sending an SMS, for screening unsolicited commercial calls to their mobile phones. If a company made a call to the subscriber even after the registration, it would be fined Rs. 1000. The second offence would lead to disconnection of the company's phone.

The Delhi High Court order on Tuesday made it clear that the subscriber need not register with the Registry for barring unwanted calls.