New Delhi : Telecom tribunal TDSAT on Friday asked sector regulator Trai to decide on Reliance Jio’s free 4G service within a “reasonable time”.

Tribunal’s observation came after TRAI sought more time citing that it is dealing with similar complaints filed before it and ten days time-frame granted by TDSAT to take a final decision on the issue was not enough.

Meanwhile, the tribunal also issued notices over the impleadment application filed by Reliance Jio to make them a party in the ongoing matter. The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal bench comprising members B B Srivastava and A K Bhargava has granted two weeks’ time to leading telecom operator Airtel, a petitioner in the matter, to file counter reply over Reliance Jio’s plea to impleadment in it. The bench heard arguments of both sides Airtel and Trai and posted the matter on February 1 for the next hearing as the regulator sought more time to decide on the matter.

The tribunal has directed the Trai to take a stand on Reliance Jio’s free 4G offer in reasonable time.

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for Trai submitted that a large number of similar applications filed before the regulator warranting similar action and 10 days for taking a call and a final decision is not sufficient enough, some more time is required by TRAI to apprise Tribunal. The TDSAT direction came while hearing a petition filed by Bharti Airtel, which has moved the tribunal against Trai’s decision allowing Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to continue with its free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days, alleging that the regulator acted as “a mute spectator” to violations.

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