New Delhi: A new dimension has come out in
the 2G spectrum case, the Supreme court on Wednesday said after going
through a government file pertaining to cancellation and
restoration of license to Chennai-based telecom operator
S-Tel during the tenure of A Raja.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly went
through the file which was placed before it on its direction
after it was alleged that the Centre had adopted
"arm-twisting" policy against the company for challenging
DoT`s policy in 2G spectrum allocation in court.
"File placed by the Additional Solicitor General (ASG)
says something more. It tells about a new dimension which is
all together different," the court said and asked ASG Indira
Jaising to bring the file tomorrow when the government would
start arguing its case.
The apex court had yesterday asked the Department of
Telecom (DoT) to place before it the file concerning
cancellation and restoration of licence of S-Tel which had
challenged the advancement of cut-off date for allocation of
spectrum on first-cum-first-serve basis in September 2007.
A bench asked the government to produce the two
letters written by the DoT on March 5, 2010, and April 15,
2010, after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for NGO
Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), said it
reflected the "arm-twisting" policy adopted by Raja`s
department against S-Tel.
Bhushan alleged S-Tel had challenged the government`s
decision to advance the cut-off date for the spectrum
allocation in which it had succeeded in the Delhi
High Court but it had to compromise with the government after
it adopted "arm-twisting" policy by cancelling its license.