2G: Govt, Raja, telecos files review petition in SC

New Delhi: A slew of petitions seeking review of the Supreme Court judgement on 2G license cancellation were filed including the one by the Government which questioned the apex court`s jurisdiction over policy matters.

Former telecom minister A Raja, during whose tenure the allocation of radiowaves were made, also approached the apex court along with some telecom companies for review of its verdict.

Ending all suspense, the Government filed the review petition questioning its verdict holding as unconstitutional the policy of first-come-first-served in allocation of 2G spectrum saying it has entered into the exclusive domain of the executive and beyond the limits of judicial review.

It contended the apex court`s prescription of a single method for distribution of all natural resources, including spectrum, through "auction" route is contrary to the principle of separation of powers embodied in the Constitution.

Raja, who was indicted in the February 2 verdict by a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly (since retired) for favouring some telecom companies, said that the judgement and order violates the "principles of natural justice" and "judicial norms" he was "condemned" without being heard.

Raja, who has been in jail for more than a year, contended the findings of the verdict against him was in "violation of the basic principle of fair play" and are "bound to prejudice" his defence in the trial of 2G spectrum allocation scam.

Telecom companies, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) and Uninor also sought review of the verdict cancelling its licenses 21 and 22 licenses resepectively for 2G spectrum spectrum.

In the review petitions, while SSTL said it is being unfairly penalized for acting in good faith and in reliance on the appropriateness of the procedures established by the government, Uninor pleaded the order would have adverse consequences for its license holders and stakeholders.