‘Casual’ government gets it from Supreme Court

Published: 20th November 2012 11:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2012 11:03 AM   |  A+A-

The Supreme Court on Monday expressed its unhappiness that the entire 2G spectrum was not auctioned on November 12.

A Bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan rejected the affidavit filed by an Under Secretary on the compliance of the apex court orders.

Justice Singhvi said, “This affidavit cannot be accepted. He has no business to file. This is a deliberate act of the DoT. They know that only the Secretary has to file. The government is very casual in dealing with the matter. On an earlier occasion, court ordained that only a Secretary should file.” Senior counsel P P Rao, appearing for the DoT, said a fresh affidavit would be filed by the Secretary, DoT.

The Bench directed that it be filed within two days and posted the matter for Nov 26. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, said several things appear to have been done by the government to ensure that there was hardly any interest in the recent 2G spectrum auction. Rao said that 800 MHz and 1,800 MHz were put up for auction. 

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