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AGR dues: Vodafone Idea on the brink as DoT may invoke bank guarantees

Solicitor General's view sought after SC refuses relief; telcos pay a fraction of the total AGR dues

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Experts believe the paid up amount of telcos, especially that of Vodafone Idea, is just a drop in the ocean

Megha ManchandaSurajeet Das gupta New Delhi/Mumbai
In a day of twists and turns, the government received Rs 14,697 crore from three companies out of the telecom sector’s total dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) estimated at Rs 1.47 trillion, even as the Supreme Court dismissed Vodafone Idea’s plea seeking relief from invocation of its bank guarantee. 

Not leaving anything to chance, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought legal opinion including that of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on whether to invoke bank guarantees of companies in case they fail to pay their full AGR dues before the next date of hearing on March 17. Any

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First Published: Feb 18 2020 | 1:08 AM IST

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