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SC refuses to intervene on spectrum allocation

The Supreme Court refuses to interfere at this stage on the issue of spectrum allocation, on a petition filed by a NGO

india Updated: Jan 08, 2008 13:09 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to interfere at this stage on the issue of spectrum allocation, on a petition filed by a NGO.

A petition was filed by a NGO, Social Action Forum for Manav Adhikar, seeking a direction that allocation of spectrum be done through auction and not on the basis of first-cum-first served basis.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan said that the government cannot be prevented from taking a policy decision. "Let them (government) take a decision and you can challenge it," the Bench said.

"The government is in the best position to decide who is the best bidder. Judiciary cannot decide this," it observed.

Further the Bench said that the petitioner has not mentioned whom the favour was being done.

On this, senior advocate PH Parekh said that he would amend the petition and would come out with all detailed facts. The petitioner also sought a probe into the issue of spectrum allocation.