Cancelling of Spectrum Licenses: PM to Meet Senior Ministers

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 | by

A meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other senior ministers will be held soon to discuss matters pertaining to the cancellation of 122 spectrum licences. The ministers include Telecommunications and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Law Minister Salman Khurshid. Licenses that are to be cancelled were allocated during the tenure of A Raja, when he was the Minister for Telecommunications, after January 2008. It is also speculated that the PMO is contemplating on a review petition in this regard. Earlier this year, the SC had passed the judgement seeking the cancellation of 122 2G licenses.

The Prime Minister is stated to discuss the consequences that will occur, following the cancellation of 2G licences. According to sources, the meeting is to formulate fresh guidelines for the telecom sector. It will also take steps that ensure the removal of policy paralysis in the government.

It is also stated that Dr. Manmohan Singh has sought counsel from Attorney General of India Goolam E Vahanvati regarding the cancelling of the 122 2G licences. Advise has also been sought regarding the course of action against anyone in the PMO related to the 2G case. It is also said that the PM has sought clarification if the existing practises should continue till new laws are framed.

The meeting between the PM and the AG has come in the wake of telecom operators being affected over the verdict of SC. Also within the government, there is a section that has voiced itself against the judgement. A couple of telecom companies too are planning to challenge the SC order.



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