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Awarding of GSM contract: HC extends stay on BSNL

Delhi HC on Thursday extended stay on award of contracts by state-run BSNL for its 45 million lines GSM network roll-out project till November 30.

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 12:26 IST

The Delhi High Court on Thursday extended stay on award of contracts by state-run BSNL for its 45 million lines GSM network roll-out project till November 30.

A bench comprising acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir gave one week time to BSNL to file an additional affidavit in the case.

The counsel for BSNL submitted before the bench says that the affidavit filed by the American telecom giant, Motorola, has some new facts, which they want to respond and for that they need some more time.

The court adjourned the hearing till November 30.

BSNL, which plans to expand its GSM network by 45 million lines, had disqualified Motorola from the bidding process on technical parameters—a decision that has been challenged by the US company.

BSNL in its reply has contended that Motorola was not eligible as it failed to satisfy the techno-commercial aspect of the tender.

Citing the evaluation report of the Committee for Evaluation of Tender (CET), comprising experts of the field, BSNL said: "The petitioner (Motorola) does not fulfil all the necessary techno-commercial standards prescribed by the tender document."