The Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider extending the August 31 deadline to complete fresh auctioning of 2G spectrum if the telecom secretary gives an undertaking saying its February 2012 verdict would be implemented.
“Let the secretary of department of telecom file an affidavit and give the undertaking,” an apex court bench of told senior counsel PP Rao, representing the Centre during the hearing of the government’s plea seeking a deadline extension to complete the auctioning process of spectrum.
The bench made it clear that it would not accept any undertaking from officers below the rank of secretary.
Rao told the court that the government had taken steps to auction spectrum and was waiting for more participation from telecom firms. “We want it to be a more competitive bidding,” he told the court seeking extension of the deadline till November 12.
The SC had on February 2, 2012 cancelled 122 licences for the 2G spectrum and had directed their fresh auctioning by June 2. This is the second time government is seeking an extension.