The Central Bureau of Investigation has requested the Comptroller and Auditor-General to set up a special team to look into the audit part of the alleged multi-crore 2G spectrum scam case.

CBI Joint Director Ashwani Kumar on Thursday said the agency had urged the CAG to constitute the team as the case required financial calculations. The CBI had registered the case against unknown officials of the Department of Telecommunication and unknown private persons or companies on October 21 last year on the orders of the Central Vigilance Commission after it found, during an enquiry, serious irregularities in the allotments.

According to the CBI, it was alleged that there were irregularities in awarding the Unified Access Services Licences to private companies. There was a criminal conspiracy between some DoT officials and others to award licences to the companies concerned by putting a cap on the number of applicants against Telecom Regulatory Authority of India recommendations and awarding licences to private companies on the first come, first served basis on the rates of 2001 without any competitive bidding. This allegedly led to a loss of thousands of crores to the exchequer.

The DoT, which invited the applications in late 2007, issued around two dozen new licences in February 2008.

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