12:36 pm - Wednesday 18 October 2017

Idea approaches Supreme Court : 2G auction

By Parvina Purkayastha - Wed Sep 19, 5:00 pm

According to reports, Telecom operator Idea Cellular approached the Supreme Court against the government’s decisions to restrict the sale of airwaves in the upcoming auctions.

Idea has alleged that the government was creating an artificial scarcity of the airwaves and a difficult environment for phone companies and consumers.

Idea said in its petition, ”The respondent (the government) has to fully, faithfully and transparently implement the directions given by the court which entails putting entire quantum of freed-up spectrum to auction, instead of a truncated or reduced spectrum.

The Aditya Birla Group company has sought direction from the apex court to the government to sell all airwaves vacated by the 122 licences quashed earlier this year.

The apex court in its February 2 verdict had cancelled all the 122 licences allotted during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja. The court had also directed the government auction the spectrum licences.

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