The Department of Telecommunications has sought the Attorney General's opinion on the matter of giving back entry fee to telecom operators whose licences were cancelled by the Supreme Court, after an EGoM decided to adjust fees of only those companies who win spectrum in the auction.
According to the media reports, DoT seeked an opinion on "whether entry fee...paid by licencees whose licences have been ordered to be quashed by the Supreme Court needs to be refunded/released/adjusted to all the licencees, as requested by them, whether participating in auction or not?"
Earlier, Supreme Court had cancelled licences belonging to 8 telecom operators. Out of the 8, only three companies -- Idea Cellula, Videocon and Telenor (majority stakeholder in Uninor) -- participated and won spectrum in the auction that was held last week.
Telecom operators who did not participate in the auction have sent legal notices asking for refund of their money paid to the government following EGoM's decision in October.