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Govt must close 'legal disputes' hurting telecom: Sunil Mittal on AGR dues

Bharti Airtel chairman says dispute over payments has caused 'significant distress' to the industry

Sunil Mittal
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Sunil Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel.

Megha Manchanda New Delhi
Indian telecom is not “out of the woods” despite proving itself indispensable in the weeks-long lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus, said Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal on Tuesday, urging the government to "close long-standing legal disputes”.

The Supreme Court rejected on July 20 telecom companies’ demand for re-assessing their dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) and said it will decide later a government's plea to give the carriers a 20-year staggered payment timeline. The court upheld the amount to be paid by Bharti Airtel at Rs 25,976 crore and by Vodafone Idea at Rs 50,399

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First Published: Jul 28 2020 | 8:53 AM IST

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