Centre may seek review of Supreme Court order cancelling 2G licences

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The Centre has been preparing to take on the Supreme Court on the 2G spectrum licence cancellations. The government would file a review petition questioning the apex court's jurisdiction on policy making...

The Centre has been preparing to take on the Supreme Court on the 2G spectrum licence cancellations. The government would file a review petition questioning the apex court's jurisdiction on policy making, sources told Media on Thursday.

The government's review petition would argue that auctioning 2G spectrum, as ordered by the court, would affect its policy objectives.

The draft petition, a copy of which is available with Headlines Today, says that the first come, first served policy adopted by the UPA government had helped increase tele-density and made wireless services affordable.

It also says that auction as a binding principle for utilising natural resources could not be acceptable. It says the government could not be driven by short-term revenue considerations every time.

If the court agrees to review its own order, operators such as Telenor and Sistema can hope to get their licences back through the first come, first served route again.

Earlier, telecom secretary R. Chandrashekhar had on Wednesday said that the government would not challenge the Supreme Court decision to cancel 122 telecom licences issued, but indicated that a limited review of the decision might be sought.

The government has one month from the date of the apex court's February 2 judgement to file a review petition and Chandrashekhar had said that a decision would be taken before that.