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DoT files affidavit in SC; denies allegations of revenue loss

delhi Updated: Nov 11, 2010 21:53 IST
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Facing allegations of causing revenue loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore, the telecom ministry on Thursday said that government auditor CAG had no jurisdiction to investigate policy decisions.

Top telecom official said that all decisions on awarding of licences were as per policy of 1999 and were followed by his predecessors in the BJP-led NDA regime and also in the UPA regime.

At the same time, the ministry also filed an affidevit before the Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition filed by an NGO which alleged irregularities in distribution of licences in 2008 by Telecom Minister A Raja.

The DoT has asserted in the affidavit that all licences along with 2G spectrum were given "as per law and in keeping with the extant policy and procedures".

It also rejected allegations of favouring companies while alloting 2G spectrum and opposed any court-monitered enquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) or by forming any special investigative team (SIT) in this issue.

"DoT has throughout acted in public interest on the basis of the policy determined by the government of India. There is no case made out by petitioners (NGO) for monitoring the investigation by CBI or an SIT," said DoT in its affidavit.

The affidavit said that all decisions with regard to 2G spectrum allocation in 2008 were taken as per government policy that was being followed by all his predecessors since 1999.

The ministry said that the CAG had similar harsh observations even in 1999 when the operators were migrated from fixed licence fee to revenue sharing regime.

And the licences along with start-up 2G spectrum were also allocated in 2008 according to the same policy, ministry officials said.

The CAG has submitted its latest report to the government saying non-auction of 2G spectrum in 2008 may have cost the exchequer up to Rs 1.40 lakh crore besides over Rs 36,000 crore on account of additional spectrum to existing players beyond 6.2 Mhz.