New Delhi: In its ruling scrapping the 122 2G spectrum licences given to telecom firm in 2008, the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed their contentions that if the first-cum first-served policy, adopted for grant of the licences, is held illegal then all licences given 2001 onwards should be cancelled.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said neither the grant of licences before 2008 was challenged nor the telecom companies, who got it between 2001 and 2007, were parties in the case.
"The argument of Harish Salve, senior counsel (for a telecom firm), that if the court finds that the exercise undertaken for grant of UAS Licences has resulted in violation of the institutional integrity, then all the licences granted 2001 onwards should be cancelled, does not deserve acceptance because those who have got licence between 2001 and September 24, 2007 are not parties to these petitions and legality of the licences granted to them has not been questioned before this court," the bench said.
The bench made the remarks while scrapping 122 2G spectrum licences granted during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja.
It said the government must follow the process of auction for allocation of any natural resource to avoid any arbitrariness and illegality.
First Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012, 19:49