The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal, TDSAT, today refused to stay Reliance Jio’s free promotional offer, asking regulator TRAI to re-examine issues relating to the approval granted to the operator to continue with the freebies. The tribunal asked TRAI to present before it the findings of the examination within two weeks.
TDSAT last week had reserved the order on an appeal seeking a stay on Reliance Jio’s free offer after hearing all the parties concerned, including TRAI, telecom operators Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, and newcomer Jio.
Airtel had sought a stay on TRAI’s approval to Jio to continue with the free services. It also sought to restrain Jio from providing its consumers the zero tariff plan and promotional plans.
Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies till 31st March this year.