The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has sought easing of the Department of Telecom's mobile connection guidelines, pleading before the Supreme Court that the new norms will put "unnecessary burden" on operators as well as subscribers.
The guidelines call for strict adherence to the Customer Acquisition Form (CAF) for verification of subscribers in the interest of national security.
"The authority feels that the CAF should be simplified for ease of use without compromising the need of the security agencies," Trai counsel Sanjay Kapur said in an affidavit on 19 March 2012. The apex court was hearing a PIL seeking a direction for strict subscriber verification norms.
Kapur also told the bench headed by Chief Justice Sh Kapadia that in the absence of a unique identification databases for the entire country it would be difficult to verify the credentials of all mobile users and require operators to hire a much larger workforce.