Uninor on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against TRAI's (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) recommendations for auctioning spectrum licences, cancelled by the apex court, saying it is designed to favour old players in the sector.
Appearing before a bench headed by Justice G. S. Singhvi, the firm submitted that the auctioning process framed by the telecom regulator was not in line with the apex court order, which had cancelled their licences.
“The effect of TRAI's recommendation on auction dated April 23, 2012, is to artificially restrict the supply of spectrum and, thus, distort the price. One hundred and twenty two UAS licences are being cancelled with 4-6 operators in each circle being impacted, whereas, as per the TRAI recommendations, only the best one new operator will be able to get spectrum,” Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi submitted.
The bench, after hearing his arguments, agreed to hear his plea and allowed him to file an application.