The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the MCD to de-seal mobile towers on payment of licence fee by the operators.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Manmohan passed the order on a revision petition filed by the civic body challenging a Single Bench order in the matter. The Bench asked the operators to make representations to the civic body for de-sealing of their towers.

Justice Kailash Gambhir had in his order directed that each cellular operator should deposit an amount of Rs.2 lakh out of Rs.5 lakh per tower as stipulated in the civic body's policy and Rs.50,000 per service provider in case of sharing with the High Court Registry in the form of FDR.

Making an amendment to it, the Division Bench had later said that the cellular operator would deposit the amount with the MCD and the local body would be at liberty to use Rs. 1 lakh out of it. The rest would remain with the MCD and be treated as a fixed deposit. Later, the operators had moved the Supreme Court which had refused to stay the Division Bench order.