Rs 4 lakh fine imposed on Airtel for violation of verification norms

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The Department of Telecom has imposed a penalty of around Rs 4 lakh on Bharti Airtel for violation of subscriber verification norms in Delhi and Bihar circles. A regulatory filing by Bharti Airtel says that the DOT, Delhi circle, has issued a notice imposing the penalty for alleged violation of subscriber verification norms.

The filing said that the Delhi circle has issued notice for "alleged violation of terms and conditions with respect to subscriber verification norms under the Licence Agreement, pursuant to Sample CAF Audit conducted by DoT for January 2023".

For Bihar circle, the notice has been issued "pursuant to Sample CAF Audit conducted by DoT for January 2024", a seperate filing said.

The department's Bihar circle has given a notice to the company, imposing a Rs 1.46 lakh fine for "alleged violation of subscriber verification norms", Bharti Airtel said in the filing.

The company has, however, contested the penalty levied by DoT in Bihar circle.

"The maximum financial impact is to the extent of the penalty levied. The company does not agree with the notice and will take appropriate action(s) for rectification/ reversal of the same," Airtel said on the notice issued by DoT Bihar circle.