The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Competition Commission of Indi’s (CCI) plea to probe Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for allegations related to cartelization. The CCI had approached the apex court in the month of January this year against the Bombay High Court order setting aside a probe ordered by fair trade regulator into charges of cartelization against three telecom companies. The probe against three telecom companies was ordered by CCI after new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm had complained that the three incumbent telecom companies have formed a cartel and were not providing it enough points of interconnection (pol) Jio has leveled the charges of cartelization against the top three telecom companies in the year 2016 on denial of interconnection points. Due to this reason the company said its customers could not connect to the customers of the other three telecoms. The CCI had ordered a probe in May 2017 based on prima facie evidence against the top three telcos on charges of cartelization. The Bombay High Court had in September 2017 set aside CCI order and said that the fair trade regulator had “ no jurisdiction” to interpret contract condition or policies of telecom companies which came under the ambit of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
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