A Delhi-based telecom tower company, Indus Towers, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court seeking stay on various Haryana government notifications and by-laws levying allegedly exorbitant installation fee on mobile towers.
Taking up the petition, the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli on Thursday issued notices of motion to the Centre as well as the Haryana government for filing their replies before February 26.
It has been alleged that policies, rules and by-laws, including Haryana municipal corporation (communication and connectivity infrastructure) by-laws-2013, have been framed in exercise of excessive legislation by the Haryana government in which it had no competence to legislate on telecommunication sector.
The petitioner has sought directions to prohibit the state government from issuing any letters or notices demanding installation or renewal fee and stay on sealing of telecom towers installed by the company.
The company, registered in 2007, has alleged that the state government was levying exorbitant charges for installation of mobile towers for which there was no rational criteria for even classification of zones for such purpose. It was submitted that despite the company having deposited Rs70.90 lakh to Faridabad municipal corporation, company's telecom towers have not been de-sealed and such like practice would result in complete telephone services disruption in the state.