Assocham withdraws letter to Trai & DoT on quashed licences
New Delhi: Industry body Assocham has withdrawn a letter it had previously written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and sector regulator Trai on cancellation of 2G telecom licences.
In a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India and DoT, Assocham President Rajkumar Dhoot wrote that the chamber has withdrawn and disassociated from letters that were sent to them on April 27 and May 15 stressing that the Supreme Court cancelled 141 telecom licences.
"We wish to inform you that based on new information that has been provided to us by our members, we believe that above referred (sent on April 27 and May 15, 2012) to letters were inadvertently sent on behalf of Assocham," Dhoot said in his letter to Trai and DoT on July 9.
He further said "Hence, we wish to withdraw these letters with immediate effect and total disassociate Assocham from their contents."
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) did not immediately offer any comment.
Based on these letters and from NGO Telecom User Group which named 19 licences of Tata Teleservices were cancelled, DoT decided to take legal opinion on the number of licences that were cancelled by the apex court on February 2.
A senior DoT official said that government will still proceed for legal opinion to ensure the number of licences that were cancelled by the Supreme Court.
"When a question has been raised, we need to get doubts cleared irrespective of withdrawal," the DoT official said.