India's Telecoms Dispute Authority Suspended
Published on: 18th Feb 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
India's Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Authority (TDSAT) has been suspended from making judgements following the retirement of the last of the three person adjudications panel.
The body adjudicates in disputes between government and telecoms networks and requires a three-person panel to issue rulings, but has been down to just one last remaining member for several months. He has now retired as well, leaving the body without a ruling panel to make decisions.
The Chairman of the panel retired last November, leaving the panel with just two members, and causing the problems when the two members split on the vote as to whether 3G roaming was legal as the networks argued, or illegal as the government preferred.
At the moment, any appeals and rulings will have to be left in limbo pending the appointment of a new panel of judges.
It is not expected that the new panel will be named before the end of the month.