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PM seeks Attorney General's advice on SC's 2G order

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Feb 08, 2012 at 05:31pm IST

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reportedly asked for advice from Attorney General of India Goolam E Vahanvati on the Supreme Court's order cancelling 122 licences allotted by the Telecommunications Ministry during the tenure of former minister A Raja after January 10, 2008. Sources told CNN-IBN that the Prime Minister wants to know whether a review petition is required to be filed in the case.

Singh has also asked Vahanvati to advice whether any action needs to be taken against anyone in the Prime Minister's Office in the 2G case. The Prime Minister has also sought a clarification on whether the existing practice in allotting spectrum should continue till a new law is framed.

Sources say that a section in the Government wants the Supreme Court order, which sent shockwaves across the telecom industry, reviewed.

Several telecom companies affected by the order have expressed their desire to seek a review with Norway also sending its IT Minister Sigve Brekke to discuss the Supreme Court verdict and its implication with the Government.

Norway's Telenor ASA in joint venture with Unitech Wireless Ltd had bagged 22 licences in the 2G spectrum allocation, but had to surrender all of them following the Supreme Court verdict.

A section of the Government is of the view that the Supreme Court order will impact not only the telecom sector, but will also adversely affect the investment climate of the country.

In a big blow to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance Government, the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012 scrapped all the 122 2G licenses issued during the tenure of Raja. Raja, accused of masterminding the 2G scam, has been arrested and is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail.

Following the Supreme Court order, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) started the process of auction of 2G spectrum and issued a pre-consultation paper on the same seeking views of all stakeholders on February 3.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director AP Singh also met Central Vigilance Commissioner Pradeep Kumar to discuss further probe in the 2G spectrum allocation scam as instructed by the Supreme Court in its February 2 order.

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