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No stay on TRAI's cable landing charges: Madras HC

Madras High Court has refused to stay three regulations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India+ (TRAI) pertaining to access charges levied by owners of cable landing stations, where submarine cables providing international connectivity terminate. A bench comprising Acting chief justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and justice RMT Teeka Raman declined to pass the interim order on appeals by Tata+ Telecommunications Ltd and Bharti Airtel against a single judge’s order dismissing their challenge to TRAI regulations of 2007, October 2012 and December 2012. The matter has got wider ramifications on the perspective of the consumers and on the financial aspect and therefore it would be wholly unsafe to pass any interim orders at this point of time, the bench held yesterday. The court posted the appeal to April 17 for hearing. The matter relates to charges levied by Cable Landing Stations (CLS) through which submarine cables which provide vital international communication between countries across the world terminate in India on the seashore.