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SC slams DoT for advancing cut off date

SC slams DoT for advancing cut off date
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First Published: Wed, Dec 16 2009. 12 01 AM IST
Updated: Wed, Dec 16 2009. 12 01 AM IST
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to cancel the Delhi High court order, which held as arbitrary allocation of 2G spectrums to certain telecom operators by Telecommunication Ministry headed by A Raja in January 2008.
The three judges bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan came down heavily on the Department of telecommunication (DoT) for its decision to advance the cut-off date for allocation of 2G spectrums to new telecom operators.
“Why was the date extended from September 25, 2007 to October 1, 2007 and later the date was reversed when there were already large number of applications ”
The bench made the observation while hearing the special petition filed by DoT against the Delhi High court order which had struck down DoT decision of advancing the cut-off date and had directed it to consider application of telecom operators like S Tel which had applied for spectrum allocation till October 1 2007
The Supreme Court bench on Tuesday also issued notice to S Tel to file a reply to DoT petition and asked the telecom company not to file any contempt petition against DoT for not obeying Delhi High court order till the next hearing of the case.
S Tel had approached Delhi High Court challenging DoT’s decision to advance the cut-off date due to which it did not get licences in 16 circles.
Telecom Minister A Raja has come under severe criticism for his decision to advance the cut-off date to allegedly favour only a handful of companies.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 16 2009. 12 01 AM IST