SC to hear DoTs plea on deadline extension for 2g auction on Friday

Written by Indu Bhan | Indu Bhan | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 22 2012, 05:50am hrs
The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to hear the Centres plea for time till January to complete the 2G spectrum auction. The top court will hear the matter on Friday.

Senior counsel PP Rao, on behalf of DoT, requested the bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi for an early hearing of the application. The Centre had earlier this month requested the apex court to grant additional five months to complete the process of fresh auction of 2G spectrum licences. It said it would be able to complete the auction process by January end and allocate spectrum to successful bidders by March 8, 2013.

The application stated that the government needed time till November 12 to start the auction and another 40 days to complete the process of allocation of spectrum and grant of licences to the selected bidders. The apex court on February 2 had cancelled 122 telecom licences and directed fresh auction of the 2G spectrum by June 2. However, the court on April 24 while extending its original deadline to August 31, 2012 -- had refused to grant 400 days to the government to complete the process of fresh auctioning. However, it had allowed the existing licences to operate till September 7, 2012.

While assuring the court that it was fully and irrevocably committed to the implementation of the apex court's orders, the affidavit filed through counsel DS Mahra also said the Centre had taken several steps within the legal and regulatory framework to ensure prompt implementation of the orders.