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May 10, 2012 at 03:48pm IST

2G verdict: SC allows government to withdraw its review plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the government to withdraw its petition seeking review of the 2G judgement after rapping it for circulating a letter on its intention to various parties linked to the matter.

The apex court granted withdrawal of the review petition on the "oral request" made by Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising.

She made the request on the advise of a bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and KS Radhakrishnan, which took strong exception to the Centre seeking withdrawal of the review petition by circulating a letter.

2G: SC allows govt to withdraw its review plea

The SC rapped the Centre for circulating a letter on its intention to various parties linked to the matter.

A letter was circulated on May 8 to the parties linked to the matter, saying an application would be moved on May 10 for withdrawing the petition seeking review of the February 2 judgement which had held the first come-first serve policy as unconstitutional. The apex court had also cancelled 122 2G licences, allotted during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The Centre's letter circulated to various parties said, "In view of the fact that only limited notice has been issued, the petitioners do not want to press the review petition and will be praying for withdrawal of the review petition."

"You should have filed a proper application. Please tell us when was the occasion to request for constituting an appropriate bench," the court asked while referring to the content of the letter in which a request was made for constituting an appropriate bench.

"When the matter was listed for today, what was the need for the advocate to circulate a letter asking for constituting a bench by the CJI," the bench said.

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