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Wednesday , May 9 , 2012
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Govt recalls 2G review plea

New Delhi, May 8: The government today decided to withdraw from the Supreme Court its plea for review of the 2G judgment, which had held that natural resources should be allotted to private companies only through “auction” and not on the basis of first come, first served (FCFS) policy.

The decision to withdraw the petition comes almost a month after the government had made a Presidential reference on the same issue.

Going by judicial propriety, the government should have either withdrawn the application first or waited for the apex court’s decision on it before making a Presidential reference. But turning convention on its head, a Presidential reference was first made and then the application withdrawn.

A letter, circulated in this regard to the parties linked to the matter, said an application would be moved on May 10 to withdraw the petition seeking review of the February 2 judgment, which held the FCFS policy unconstitutional, while cancelling the 122 2G licences, allotted during the tenure of former telecom minister A. Raja.

The Centre’s letter circulated to various parties said, “In view of the fact that only limited notice has been issued, the petitioners do not want to press the review petition and will be praying for withdrawal of the review petition.”

Mobile tariff

Mobile call rates would double in some circles if the recommendations of Trai on spectrum pricing are accepted, telecom CEOs who met telecom minister Kapil Sibal warned today. “...there will be circles which will have more than a 100 per cent price rise (in tariffs) if they were to absorb the impact of what is being recommended,” Bharti Airtel CEO Sanjay Kapoor said.