MUMBAI, Jan 24 (Reuters) - India's Bombay High Court has
asked the government to not take any coercive action against
Idea Cellular Ltd until March 1 on a demand to pay
surcharges on airwaves, the mobile phone operator said on
Idea, the country's No.3 mobile phone carrier by revenue,
had appealed the order after the telecommunications ministry
sent notices to carriers asking them to pay the surcharges.
The government is imposing the surcharges totalling more
than $4 billion on long-established carriers including Bharti
Airtel Ltd and Vodafone Group Plc's local
unit, after an overhaul in the airwave sale process.
But carriers have challenged the move saying it violates the
conditions of their licence agreements with the government.
(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)