Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal

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Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT)
Established 2000
Country India
Location TDSAT, 3rd Floor Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi - 110 021
Composition method Appointments made by the Govt of India[1]
Authorized by Created by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 Amendment 2000[2]
Decisions are appealed to Supreme Court of India
Judge term length 3 years[1]
Number of positions 3[2]
Website Official website
Currently Justice Aftab Alam

The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), (Hindi: दूरसंचार विवाद एवं अपील अधिकरण) was established to adjudicate disputes and dispose of appeals with a view to protect the interests of service providers and consumers of the telecom sector and to promote and ensure orderly growth of the telecom sector.[2][1]


The policy of liberalisation that was embarked by Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao in the 1990s helped the Indian Telecom sector to grow rapidly. The government gradually allowed the entry of the private sectors into telecom equipment manufacturing, value added services, radio paging and cellular mobile services. In 1994, the government formed the National Telecom Policy (NTP) which helped to attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and domestic investments. The entry of private and international players resulted in need of independent regulatory body. As a result, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was established on 20 February 1997 by an act of parliament called "Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act 1997".

The mission of TRAI was to create and nurture an environment which will enable quick growth of the telecommunication sector in the country. One of the major objective of TRAI is to provide a transparent policy environment. TRAI has regularly issued orders and directions on various subjects like tariff, interconnections, Direct To Home (DTH) services and mobile number portability.

In 2000, the Vajpayee government constituted the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) through an amendment of the 1997 act,[2] through an ordinance. The primary objective of TDSAT's establishment was to release TRAI from adjudicatory and dispute settlement functions in order to strengthen the regulatory framework. Any dispute involving parties like licensor, licencee, service provider and consumers are resolved by TDSAT. Moreover, any direction, order or decision of TRAI can be challenged by appealing in TDSAT.[3]

Organization Structure[edit]

The TDSAT consists of a Chairperson and two Members.

As of December 2013, members are:

Name Designation
Justice Aftab Alam Chairman
Kuldip Singh Member-I
-Vacant- Member-II

List of former Chairmen of TDSAT:

Name Tenure
Justice Suhas C. Sen
Justice D.P. Wadhwa
Justice N. Santosh Hegde
Justice Arun Kumar
Justice S. B. Sinha

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "TRAI Act" (PDF). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "TDSAT - profile". Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Department of Telecommunications Ministry of Communications & IT". 

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