SC criticises ‘casual’ govt approach to 2G auction
A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan also refused to take on record an affidavit filed by a lower-ranking official.
“This affidavit cannot be accepted. Under-secretary of the government is not authorised to swear such affidavits since only an officer of secretary-level rank and above can take decisions in such matters. This is a deliberate attempt by the Department of Telecom since we have already rejected such affidavits in the past. This case is very serious and while the court is taking this matter with seriousness, such affidavits are being filed,” remarked the Bench, giving the Centre two days to file a fresh affidavit explaining why all the 2G spectrum was not put on auction.
The Bench also questioned why several aspects relating to the government’s decisions on keeping certain frequency bands reserved, non-availability of a frequency band etc had not been brought to its knowledge even though it was constantly monitoring the case.
The court was apprised that while 900 MHz-telecom spectrum was not available for auction, the entire block of 1800 MHz spectrum cancelled by the court earlier was not auctioned either, on the basis of a TRAI recommendation. It was contended that the government withheld
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