The Supreme Court yesterday directed the Sri Lanka Telecom, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and the Consumer Association of Sri Lanka to discuss further on the Telecom tariffs and call charges on the basis of the overall reduction by 8.72%
The Bench comprised Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva, Justices Raja Fernando and N.G.Amaratunga.
Pursuant to the proceedings of the court, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission filed a motion on July 6 and suggested the possibility of an overall reduction of tariff and telephone charges by 8.72%.
It also suggested that the residential rental be reduced from Rs 495 to Rs 350 and Business rental from Rs 1,000 to 950 from January 1, 2007.
The parties agreed to discuss the matter further.
The Chief Justice directed the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to summon Sri Lanka Telecom and relevant parties on July 18 and give equitable distribution of reduction among all segments.
The Sri Lanka Telecom was also instructed to change the billing procedure from the unit base to per second base.
The Sri Lanka Telecom had filed an application in the Supreme Court for special leave to appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal granting the Consumer Association relief.
Sanjeewa Jayawardena with Rajiva Amarasuriya instructed by Sudath Perera Associates appeared for Sri Lanka Telecom. Peter Jayasekera with Mohamed Wodood and Kosala Senadeera appeared for the Consumer Association.
Deputy Solicitor General (Ms) Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe with Senior State Counsel Sumathi Dharmawardane appeared for the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. The case would be taken up on August 27.