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We had always pointed out that the private telecom companies are cheating and avoiding taxes in many ways to increase their profits. In this connection, the latest is the cheating by Airtel, Tata and Singapore Telecommunications by unauthorisedly giving international connections. A press report in this connection is given below:

NEW DELHI: The CBI has registered a case in a Delhi court against Bharti Airtel Ltd, Tata Communication Ltd and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd for allegedly causing a loss of nearly Rs 48 crore to the government since 2004 by illegally providing international long distance (ILD)services.

All the three telecom companies have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the Indian Penal Code and also under the Indian Telegraph Act for violating the department of telecommunications’ licencing norms.

The FIR has been filed in a local court on a complaint of ministry of communications and IT.

When contacted, Bharti Airtel had no comments to offer while Tata Communications said it would not comment on speculation.