New Delhi, Jul 16: Central government has levied a penalty of more than Rs 275 crore on major telecom operators for activating mobile phones of unverified customers across the country.
Government imposed the huge penalty only for the period between Apr 2009 to Jul 2009. The department of telecom (DoT) investigtion found that nearly 1.5 lakh subscribers did not fully meet the Know-Your Customer (KYC) norms out of a sample study of 14 lakh.
The CEOs and CMD of these telecom companies will also have to face criminal action if any of these SIM cards are misused. These top officials will be treated as co-accused in cases were unverified SIMs are found to be used in terror acts.
DoT investigation in Jammu & Kashmir found that unverified SIMs to an extent of 50 percent of active connections. In this border state the government has asked all telecom companies to ensure full compliance of KYC norms within seven days.