recommended allotting additional spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz only after the operator reached a subscriber base of 9 lakh, DoT reduced it to 4 lakh for applying for additional spectrum and 5 lakh for actual allocation.
Explaining the quid pro quo, CBI has stated that Mahajan initiated a note on May 30, 2002 to create a post of USO fund administrator for Ghosh who retired as telecom secretary on May 31. The note was sent to PM and was approved on the same day. Later, it was approved by Cabinet Committee on Appointments. Ghosh was subsequently appointed as USO find administrator and remained in office for three years. However, after his retirement, the Cabinet downgraded the post to the rank of additional secretary with the criteria that only a serving officer can be appointed to the office.
As is known, the CBI had expanded its probe into the 2G spectrum scam of 2008 centering around former telecom minister A Raja to include all spectrum allocations since 2001. This was done after telecom minister Kapil Sibal who took charge of the telecom ministry after Raja said spectrum allocation without auctions were done by the NDA government as well. Subsequently, he instituted an inquiry under retired justice Shivraj Patil, which pointed out a number of irregularities.