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Vodafone under scanner
Correspondent SHILLONG, SEP 1:
Published on 2 Sep. 2009 12:25 AM IST
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Vodafone, India’s second largest GSM mobile service is under the scanner of Meghalaya police for violating the guidelines of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) while issuing pre-paid SIM cards under fictitious names, a police official said today. The blatant violation of Vodafone came into light when the state police were investigating into ransom calls made by an unidentified person to former Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Deborah C Marak using the company’s SIM card recently. “We would write to the state government on Vodafone’s breach the TRAI guidelines which are very stringent in the North Eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir,” Shillong Superintendent of Police Claudia A Lyngwa said. Recently, an unidentified person claimed himself as an “extremist” rang up the former Deputy Chief Minister from a Vodafone mobile number 97745-57944 demanding Rs 20 lakh for ransom. However, during the course of the investigation, police found that the cell phone number was registered under a fictitious name and address. Police also arrested a Vodafone pre-paid SIM card dealer Sajjid Khan and seized over 100 activated SIM cards which were registered under someone else’s name and address. Police department also questioned the Vodafone officials about uncontrolled sale of company’s SIM cards without proper documents in the state. “We have questioned the Vodafone officials for breaching the TRAI guidelines and action will be taken against the cellular company,” Lyngwa said. Telecom officials said that such gross violation would even lead to the cancellation of the licence to the Vodafone.

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