CBI asks DoT for files related Telecom firms licences

Last Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 17:37

New Delhi: Nearly 10 months after registering a case, the CBI has asked Department of Telecom (DoT) to provide certified copies of records and files pertaining to licences issued to Bharti and Sterling and Hutchison for increasing spectrum band width.

Superintendent of Police of CBI has sent a letter to DOT seeking certified copies of licenses, amendments issued by wireless planning and coordination wing of the ministry and subsequent additional spectrum issued to them.

The seeking of certified copies indicated that the CBI will soon file a charge sheet in the case.

They said documents related to additional spectrum allocation to three companies--beyond 4.4 MHz upto 6.2 MHz, beyond 6.2 MHz up to 8 MHz, and beyond 8MHz up to 10 MHz--should be provided to the agency "urgently".

The agency sought documents related to licenses for this additional spectrum for Delhi and Mumbai circles of Airtel, Sterling Cellular for Delhi circle and Hutchison Max Pvt Limited for Mumbai circle, they said.

The Telecom department has communicated to CBI that no wireless operating licenses was issued to Bharti Airtel for Mumbai service area, they said.

The agency is giving final touches to its charge sheet in connection with spectrum allocation done during the tenure of NDA government in which it is likely to name the three companies along with then officials of Telecom Department for allegedly entering in criminal conspiracy to get the spectrum in violation of norms.

PTI

First Published: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 17:35

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