SC to take up review petition on licence cancellation

New Delhi: Justice K S Radhakrishnan has been put on the Supreme Court bench to hear a bunch of pleas by the Centre and various telecom firms, seeking reviews of various aspects of the verdict cancelling 122 2G spectrum licences. He replaces A K Patnaik, who came in the place of Justice Asok Ganguly, who has retired.

Justice G S Singhvi, who is heading the bench in the 2G matters, earlier on March 16 had said Chief Justice S H Kapadia has set up a new bench comprising him and Justice Patnaik for hearing all cases on the 2G spectrum scam. The cause list for tomorrow, however, shows that Justice Singhvi and Justice Radhakrishnan will take up the petitions for in-chamber hearing, which is normally done in case of the review and curative pleas.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly (now retired) had passed a slew of rulings in the scam including the order cancelling the 122 2G spectrum licences granted by former Telecom Minister A Raja and had held that the first-come-first-served (FCFS) policy could not be used for the allocation of natural resources. It had also pulled up the PMO for sitting on the complaint filed against Raja and set a time limit of four months for the government to take a decision on granting sanction to prosecute a corrupt public servant.

In the aftermath of the apex court verdicts, several petitions have been filed by various bodies, including the Centre, the telecom firms, the NGOs and former minister Raja, seeking various reliefs, including review, clarification and recall of the apex court`s order. Swamy and the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation have moved the apex court against the trial court order giving clean chit to Chidambaram in the scam. Telecom companies – Tata Teleservices, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited (SSTL) and Uninor— have sought review of the verdict cancelling their licences.