By BS Reporter
Vodafone India is likely to go to the Delhi High Court against the decision of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Friday rejecting its application seeking renewal of licences in three circles - Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas that are due for renewal in November 2014, according to sources with knowledge.
After DoT's decision, Vodafone said in a statement : "Vodafone is deeply disappointed with the summary rejection of its request for extension of its licences in the Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata service areas by DoT. This decision is against the interests of several million of our customers in these cities/circles. Vodafone has also been consistently contributing several crores in revenue to the national exchequer. Clearly, in DoT's opinion, these aspects are not important for determining expediency."
On Saturday, communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal told reporters that the department has sent the reply to Vodafone, and the company will have to take the "remedies". "The licencing regime has changed on Saturday, and companies will have to follow the new regime," he said at the National Editors' Conference on Saturday.