Telecom cos question CAG report, defend 2G licence in SC

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 00:55

New Delhi: The Telecom companies, which
allegedly benefitted in 2G spectrum allocation, on Tuesday
questioned the findings of the CAG report and contended in the
Supreme Court that the licences issued to them cannot be
cancelled on its basis.

The six companies -- Videocon, Uninor, Idea, Shyam
Telelink Ltd and Aircel -- filed their affidavits in response
to the apex court`s notices seeking their views on "why their
licence should not be cancelled for having benefited in 2G
spectrum allocation" when A Raja was Telecom Minister.
The apex court had on January 10 had issued notices to
11 telecom companies Etisalat, Uninor, Loop Telecom, Videocon,
S-Tel, Allianz Infra, Idea Cellular, Tata Tele Services,
Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Dishnet wireless and
Vodafone-Essar.

Electronic company Videocon, in its 16-page affidavit,
submitted the petition seeking cancellation of its licence was
based on "incorrect" facts and it should be dismissed.

"CAG report contains flawed and misconceived findings
regarding its eligibility in getting 2G spectrum," Videocon
said.
The company pleaded that the government has already
served a notice for cancellation of licence and it has filed
a detailed response to the Centre.

Uninor, which is JV between real estate major Unitech
and Norway`s telecom company Telenor, in its 29-page
affidavit, said the "CAG report was made without seeking any
clarification and explanation from it and so adverse inference
cannot be drawn against it on the basis of the report."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 00:55

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