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AGR case: DoT's 'desk officer' issued order after senior official's nod



New Delhi, Feb 14 () Mandar Deshpande, an Indian accounting and finance services officer, is the ‘desk officer’ who faced much of the Supreme Court’s over over non-payment of dues by telecom firms. He had issued an order saying no coercive action should be taken to recover Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) dues from telecom firms after expiry of the deadline set by the apex court. The order, issued after approval of Member (Finance) in the DoT, was found by the Supreme Court to be a virtual attempt to stay the court’s order. On Friday, the court came down heavily on the “temerity” of a desk officer in the DoT for “scuttling” its order seeking payment of past dues by telecom firms such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea by January 23. The court did not name the officer. According to a copy of the



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