SC refuses to stay HC order on Skycell

NEW DELHI, MAY 20. The Supreme Court has refused to intervene for the time being in the appointment of a former Madras High Court Chief Justice as chairman of the Skycell Communications Ltd, which had a licence to provide mobile phone services in Tamil Nadu.

A bench comprising Mr. Justice S. Rajendra Babu and Mr. Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, while issuing notices on petitions challenging the Madras High Court order, refused to stay the High Court order appointing Mr. Justice K. A. Swamy as the chairman of the company to regulate its operation.

The Bench posted the matter for final hearing after the reopening of the Court in July.

The High Court, taking into account the rival claims for controlling the operations of the Skycell, had in a recent judgment said that ``with a view to ensure that control of Board of Skycell is not usurped by one or the other camp, we consider it appropriate to appoint a neutral competent third party as the chairman of the board of Skycell.'' The High Court had said the board of directors of the Skycell would comprise those who were directors immediately prior to the disputed AGM of August 2000.

The High Court order had come on the appeals filed by the Crompton Greaves Limited (CGL) and the Bharati Televentures Limited, a subsidiary of the Bharati Telecom.