Setting aside an order by regulator Trai related to regulating domestic leased circuit, TDSAT said that dispute resolution is the sole authority of it and Trai should stay away its trough.
"Dispute is solely within the jurisdiction of TDSAT," said TDSAT in a written letter to Trai. It drew attention to the fact that as per the Trai Act, every order or the direction of Trai is appealable in TDSAT and in case of any dispute between two telecom operators; there is no provision in the Act for the authority (Trai) to intervene.
Trai’s order directed BSNL and MTNL to open their respective last mile connectivity networks to private operators. BSNL and MTNL had strongly objected to this citing that the move will leave the firms uncompetitive.
"Impugned regulations are without jurisdiction and also arbitrary and irrational and void ab initio. We accordingly set aside the Domestic Leased Circuits regulation," said TDSAT.