The Delhi high court allowed Bharti Airtel, one of the largest cellular companies, to continue with its 3G Intra-circle roaming facilities till its next hearing scheduled on 8 May. The DoT had issued a fresh order to the company directing it to stop intra-circle 3G roaming in seven circles where it did not have the spectrum and also levied a penalty of Rs. 350 crore ( Rs. 50 crore per circle) for violating the license terms and conditions. The court also asked Bharti Airtel to keep the earnings from 3G facilities in a separate account and posted the matter for May 8. The court asked the telco to keep this amount in a separate bank account. The DoT will invoke a bank guarantee if Bharti loses the case.
Last year, the DoT sent show-cause notices to Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular among others, asking them to stop providing 3G mobile data services through roaming pacts outside their licensed zones as it deemed the pacts "illegal".