New Delhi: In its latest affidavit before the Supreme Court, the central government has said that the present auction has fetched the most money through e-auctions conducted for spectrum since 2010.

The auction, which brought about Rs1.09 trillion to the Indian government, was called a success by attorney general Mukul Rohatgi at the last hearing of a case being considered by the apex court which involves several aspects of the auction process.

The affidavit quotes Rs10,789 crore as the sum the government has received by 31 March, as an upfront payment by the telecom service provides for the spectrum they bid for. The government submitted that “these payments led to the significant revenues for the government which are very important to fulfil various social policies and economic objectives of the government."

Mint reported on 31 March that on the day, Bharti Airtel Ltd had paid around Rs5,000 crore while Idea Cellular Ltd had paid around Rs2,000 crore. Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd and Tata Teleservices Ltd’s were expected to pay later during the day.

The court, which will case next on 16 April, had earlier allowed the government to go ahead with declaring the result of the auction. The auctions had commenced on 4 March and continued for 19 days of fierce bidding.

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