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Updated: May 9, 2012 01:43 IST

In U-turn, Centre decides to withdraw 2G review petition

Sandeep Joshi
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The Union government on Tuesday decided to withdraw from the Supreme Court its review petition on the 2G verdict. File photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu The Union government on Tuesday decided to withdraw from the Supreme Court its review petition on the 2G verdict. File photo: V. Sudershan

Court ordered the cancellation of all 122 telecom licences

In a U-turn, the Union government on Tuesday decided to withdraw from the Supreme Court its review petition on the 2G verdict, which said natural resources should be allotted to private companies only through auction, and not through the first-come, first-served (FCFS) policy.

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The Centre has circulated a letter to the “parties” linked to the matter, stating that an application would be moved on May 10 for withdrawing the petition.

The petition had sought a review of the February 2, 2012 judgment that ordered the cancellation of all 122 licences issued on the FCFS basis in 2008 during the tenure of the then Telecom Minister, A. Raja.

“In view of the fact that only limited notice has been issued, the petitioners don't want to press the review petition, and will be praying for its withdrawal,” the letter said.

Last month, the Supreme Court admitted the review petition, but refused to hear the affected firms, whose petitions for reconsideration of the verdict were dismissed.

In the petition, the Centre said it did not want to question the order on the cancellation of licences.

After filing the petition, the government moved the Supreme Court with a presidential reference for its opinion on issues arising out of the judgment, including making auctioning of natural resources across all sectors mandatory, and giving retrospective effect for radio waves granted since 1994.

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What a nonsense. Why did the government think of the petition in the first place.
Supreme court's judgement favoured national interest, and our central government
wants it over turned.
Now it decides to withdraw the petition.

Why this change of mind?

from:  Dr RKRAO REBBAPRAGADA
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 23:57 IST

The petitioners, viz the members of the Council of Ministers, should be fined in person for wasting the time of the Supreme Court and of litigants like Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Dr Swamy.

from:  Renuka Sen Gupta
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 19:06 IST

It is becoming amply evident , the Congress THINK TANK is in total disarray . Those who are advising the UPA Govt to initiate such moves as filing review petition of 2G are 'jumping first and thinking later'- a very dangerous situation in a national Govt. Such a Govt is a liability for this country . It is best for such a Govt to resign and call for General eLections AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .

from:  VJ NAMBIAR
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 11:08 IST

"They Sow the Wind, and Reap the Whirlwind"

Hosea 8:1-14
Holy Bible

from:  Soundararajan Srinivasa
Posted on: May 9, 2012 at 07:52 IST
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