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AGR verdict: SC orders telcos to pay AGR dues in 10 years; Vodafone Idea cracks 15%, Airtel jumps 5%

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NEW DELHI: Shares of Vodafone Idea crashed however these of Bharti Airtel gained after the Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday ordered telecom corporations to pay their AGR dues in 10 years. The court docket, nonetheless, stated that they’ve to pay 10 per cent of the entire payout by March 31.

The 10-year timeline for cost of AGR dues will start from April 1, 2021.

Telecom corporations have been demanding a timeline of 15 years whereas the federal government had prompt to give them 20 years.

The apex court docket additionally mandated the MDs and chairmen of the telecom corporations to submit an affidavit. Financial institution ensures may even be saved alive until funds start, the court docket stated.

The three-judge bench added it can drop present contempt instances towards telcos however went on to say that if installments will not be paid, it can restart the contempt proceedings.

The court docket additionally stated that no dispute might be raised on the order, and neither will it enable any revaluation.

Following the decision, share of Vodafone Idea slumped 17.57 per cent to Rs 8.40 whereas Bharti Airtel surged 4.68 per cent to Rs 538 following the decision.

Voda Idea might face issues as it can want capital infusion and a considerable soar in income, which appears tough given it’s dropping its subscriber base quick. The corporate nonetheless owes Rs 50,400 crore even after paying Rs 7,854 crore.

Different telecom shares have been additionally trading with cuts. Opteimus, HFCL, OnMobile, Bharti Infratel, Sterlite Tech, Reliance Communications and ITI fell in the vary of 2-Four per cent.

Shares of banks, which have excessive publicity to telecom corporations, have been comparatively unaffected. Nifty Personal Financial institution was up 0.2 per cent and Nifty PSU Financial institution dipped 0.79 per cent. Nifty Financial institution was up 0.24 per cent.

The court docket left determination on whether or not to embrace the sale of spectrum in the IBC course of to NCLT.

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