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Pesky callers don’t spare judges too

Repeated court orders against unsolicited telemarketing calls are certainly no deterrent for banks and finance companies. Forget the man on the street, even judges who have initiated a crackdown against pesky calls are not being spared by telemarketing executives, reports Harish V Nair.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2008 00:27 IST
Harish V. Nair

Repeated court orders against unsolicited telemarketing calls are certainly no deterrent for banks and finance companies. Forget the man on the street, even judges who have initiated a crackdown against pesky calls are not being spared by telemarketing executives.

"We ourselves receive calls at all times of the day and it is a nuisance," revealed Delhi High Court judge, Justice Vikramjit Sen, who is heading a bench hearing a complaint filed by lawyer Nivedita Sharma against ICICI Bank.

"What business do you get out of such calls? You must face the music," Justice Sen told the bank's lawyer while refusing to stay a contempt proceeding against ICICI being heard by the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission.

Sharma, in a contempt petition filed before the Commission court, had stated that the bank continued to make unsolicited calls to her and other customers, despite a two-year-old court order to stop the practice forthwith.

On her complaint, the Commission, in December 2006, had imposed an exemplary cost of Rs 50 lakh on Airtel and other cellular operators for their failure to control the pesky calls made by telemarketers and banks. The Commission had also imposed a Rs 25 lakh penalty, to be jointly paid by ICICI Bank and American Express Bank, for repeatedly calling mobile users.