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HC declines to pass any order on spectrum allocation

December 24, 2007 15:32 IST

The Delhi High Court on Monday refused to pass any order on the telecom appellate tribunal's decision pertaining to spectrum allocation, even as GSM mobile players sought a probe into the government's move to allow use of dual technology.

"I can't pass status quo order without going into the details. Let me go through the petition. You (Ram Jethmalani) yourself saying that matter is complicated," Justice Sanjeev Khanna said while posting the matter for hearing on January 3, 2008.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, along with Fali S Nariman, appearing for COAI, contended that the biggest scam has occurred and it needed police inquiry and hence it required urgent hearing. But the court turned down the request.

The matter was originally listed for hearing before Justice Aruna Suresh, who transferred it to Justice Khanna. At the very beginning, Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh contended there was no urgency involved in the matter.

Telecom tribunal TDSAT had, on December 12, passed the order allowing the government to go ahead with spectrum allocation and dual technology. Though the High Court was open till December 20, COAI chose to come during vacation time despite the fact that their petition was ready by December 13, Singh said.

COAI, the association of GSM operators, has engaged a battery of senior lawyers that includes Harish Salve and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, besides Jethmalani and Nariman.

The petition filed by COAI sought stay of the government's October 18 and 19 decisions to permit the use of dual technology and regulator TRAI's recommendation of enhanced subscriber-linked criteria for allocation of additional spectrum.

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