Sistema Shyam files curative petition in SC in 2G case

Sistema Shyam files curative petition in SC in 2G case New Delhi: Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL) on Friday filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court seeking re-examination of its verdict cancelling its licences for the 2G spectrum allocated during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The company, which is a joint venture of Russia's telecom giant Sistema and India's Shyam Telelink, has moved the apex court after its petition seeking review of the February 2 verdict quashing 122 2G licences was dismissed by a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan.

The JV firm, promoting its business under the brand 'MTS', is seeking re-look of the decision by which its 21 licences for the 2G spectrum was cancelled.

Curative petition is filed after the dismissal of review petition and is decided in the chambers of judges.

While dismissing the review petitions of SSTL and six other telecom companies, the apex court had said its February 2 decision did not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration.

"We have carefully perused the review petition and the record of the case and are convinced that the judgment of which review has been sought does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration," the bench had said while giving separate orders on the review petitions filed by telecom companies.

In its curative petition settled through senior advocate Harish Salve, the SSTL contended that its legal case was different from other telecom operators whose allocation of licences were held as illegal and arbitrary.

"SSTL has consistently maintained that being a pure play CDMA operator, its legal case is significantly different compared to other mobile operators.

"For example, there is no finding or suggestion by the CAG report that CDMA spectrum was equally or anywhere near in demand as GSM back in 2008," the company said.

PTI