* Sistema Shyam: court to issue separate order on its case
* Court ordered permits of 8 carriers to be revoked
(Adds Sistema Shyam comment)
NEW DELHI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Mobile phone carriers in India
whose permits were revoked last year must stop operations
immediately unless they have won new rights to airwaves, the
country's Supreme Court ruled on Friday according to three
lawyers on the case.
The court last year ordered 122 permits held by eight
carriers including the Indian units of Russia's Sistema
and Norway's Telenor ASA, as well as India-based Idea
Cellular Ld and Tata Teleservices to be revoked after
a massive scandal over the permits sale process in 2008.
At least three of the firms that had their permits revoked,
including the Indian affiliate of Emirates Telecommunication
Corp Ltd, have ceased operations since the court
order, while others like Telenor and Idea Cellular bought
airwaves in the November auction.
Sistema Shyam TeleServices said in a statement that the
court will issue a separate order about its case but declined to
give further details.
Sistema Shyam is set to lose all but one of its operating
permits, although it has the option to bid for airwaves in an
auction scheduled next month. It did not bid for airwaves in the
November auction, saying the prices were too high.
Telenor is still operating in the lucrative Mumbai zone
although its permit was revoked and has said it may decide to
bid in a March auction for airwaves in the Mumbai zone.
(Reporting by Suchitra Mohanty; Writing by Devidutta Tripathy;
Editing by Edwina Gibbs)