Fitness of Telecom firms officials deciding factor in spectrum allocation: CBI

Physical fitness of the representatives of telecom companies became the deciding factor for submission of Letter of Intent and entry fees for allocation of spectrum, the CBI said in its charge sheet.

New Delhi: Physical fitness of the
representatives of telecom companies became the deciding
factor for submission of Letter of Intent and entry fees for
allocation of spectrum making a mockery of first come first
serve basis, the CBI said in its charge sheet against former
Telecom Minister A Raja and eight others.

The CBI, which has divided the charge sheet into five
sections, probe into cut-off dates, probe into first come
first serve basis, dual technology approvals and spectrum
allocation, eligibility of companies and cheating government
exchequer, attempted to present the picture of events that
took place during 2007-08.

"Investigations has revealed that as per the
ill-conceived design of distribution of Letter of Intent and
receipt of LOI compliance and entry fee, applicant company
representative were required to rush to the reception area of
the Sanchar Bhavan...," the charge sheet filed in the special
court of O P Saini against Raja and others said.

"...as a result of the conspiracy, M/s Swan Telecom
(also chargesheeted) were the first to submit the compliance
for Delhi circle and M/s Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd
were able to get priority in all circles over many other
applicants which had applied much before it.”
"This desperate race to the reception area led to a lot
of chaos which also resulted in a situation that physical
fitness of the representatives became the main deciding factor
for priority in submission of compliance of LoI and entry fee
making a mockery of the first come first served policy," it
said.

PTI

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