Two internal committees of Department of Telecom are understood to have
recommended imposing a fine of around Rs. 104 crore on Vodafone for
allegedly violating licence conditions on international calls in Delhi
and Mumbai circles between 2002 and 2003, sources said.
The fine is
based on the losses sustained during October 2002 and December 2003
based on the estimated optimally routed traffic of 31 lakh minutes in
each circle, a source said.
When contacted for comments, a Vodafone spokesperson said "will not like to comment in this regard."
the issue a DoT official said, "This issue was discussed during the
meeting of the Telecom Commission in April 2011 and it was decided that
the department should work out the details for imposing the penalty."
a committee was formed to suggest the amount based on the level of
culpability, revenue loss to the government, wrongful profit made by the
service provider and the level of deterrence required, the official
DoT also formed another committee for calculating the
penalty/fine to be imposed on Vodafone for "wrongful gain made by the
service providers, who were not providing Subscriber Local Dialling or
SLD services, by way of higher airtime charges and attracting more
customers for such low prices SLD services," sources said.
on recommendations of both the committees, it was recommended imposing a
penalty of Rs. 50 crore per circle and charging a revenue loss of Rs. 4
crore, they added.