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No deviation from rules in awarding telecom licences: Raja

business Updated: Oct 27, 2009 14:58 IST

Telecom Minister A Raja on Tuesday said he followed the same procedures as his predecessors in awarding licences and allotting spectrum and decisions were taken in conformity with the opinion of the top law officer.

"I have been saying that issuance of licence and allotment of spectrum have been done in accordance with telecom regulator TRAI's recommendations, in consultation with the Prime Minister after clear approval of the Solicitor General of India who was appearing before the tribunal with connected cases," he told reporters in New Delhi.

There is no question of any ambiguity or aberration of rules and the well established procedure of first come first serve policy has been adopted as devised in the 1999 Telecom Policy brought out by the then BJP-led government.

"All my predecessors followed the same procedure so did I. So, in terms of legal rules and procedure followed, there is no deviation," he said.

Asked if he was victim of a telecom cartel, he said: "It was earlier believed that there should not be more operators so there was an implied stagnation or some sort of cartel... I wanted to bring competition in accordance with (regulator) Trai norms... So the competition might have created some storm... Let it be investigated."

Raja has been facing a charge that he doled out spectrum cheaply to new players that may have caused huge loss to the exchequer and the CBI is investigating into it and last week searched offices of the Department of Telecom.