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‘Wholly arbitrary, capricious and contrary to public interest’

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‘STAGE-MANAGED’: The verdict says the cut-off date decided by A. Raja for consideration of applications for grant of 2G licences was intended to benefit real estate companies with no real telecom experience. A file picture of the former Minister for Communications and IT at South Block. Photo: Ramesh Sharma
‘STAGE-MANAGED’: The verdict says the cut-off date decided by A. Raja for consideration of applications for grant of 2G licences was intended to benefit real estate companies with no real telecom experience. A file picture of the former Minister for Communications and IT at South Block. Photo: Ramesh Sharma

Reproduced here are excerpts from the concluding paragraphs of the Supreme Court’s verdict cancelling 122 2G licences issued during A. Raja’s term as Minister of Communications and Information Technology.

69. ...There is a fundamental flaw in the principle of first-come-first-served inasmuch as it involves an element of pure chance or accident. In matters involving award of contracts or grant of licence or permission to use public property, the invocation of first-come-first-served principle has inherently dangerous implications. Any person who has access to power corridor at the highest or the lowest level may be able to obtain information from the Government files or the files of the agency/instrumentality of the State that a particular public property or asset is likely to be disposed of or a contract is likely to be awarded or a licence or permission would be given. He would immediately make an application and would become entitled to stand first in the queue at the cost of all others who may have a better claim… the duty of the Court to exercise its power in larger public interest and ensure that the institutional integrity is not compromised the State and its agencies/instrumentalities must always adopt a rational method for disposal of public property and no attempt should be made to scuttle the claim of worthy applicants. When it comes to alienation of scarce natural resources like spectrum etc., the State must always adopt a method of auction by giving wide publicity so that all eligible persons may participate in the process. Any other methodology for disposal of public property and natural resources/national assets is likely to be misused by unscrupulous people who are only interested in garnering maximum financial benefit and have no respect for the constitutional ethos and values.

70. The exercise undertaken by the officers of the DoT [Department of Telecommunication] between September, 2007 and March 2008, under the leadership of the then Minister of C&IT [Communications & Information Technology] [A.Raja] was wholly arbitrary, capricious and contrary to public interest apart from being violative of the doctrine of equality. The material produced before the Court shows that the Minister of C&IT wanted to favour some companies at the cost of the Public Exchequer and for this purpose, he took the following steps:

(i) Soon after his appointment as Minister of C&IT, he directed that all the applications received for grant of UAS [Universal Access Service] Licence should be kept pending till the receipt of TRAI [Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India] recommendations.

(ii) The recommendations made by TRAI on 28.8.2007 were not placed before the full Telecom Commission which, among others, would have included the Finance Secretary. The notice of meeting of the Telecom Commission was not given to any of the non permanent members …

(iii) The officers of the DoT who attended the meeting of the Telecom Commission held on 10.10.2007 hardly had any choice but to approve the recommendations made by TRAI [or] they would have incurred the wrath of Minister of C&IT.

(iv) In view of the approval by the Council of Ministers of the recommendations made by the Group of Ministers, DoT had to discuss the issue of spectrum pricing with the Ministry of Finance…However, as the Minister of C&IT was very much conscious of the fact that the Secretary, Finance, had objected to the allocation of 2G spectrum at the rates fixed in 2001, he did not consult the Finance Minister or the officers of the Finance Ministry.

(v) The Minister of C&IT brushed aside the suggestion made by the Minister of Law and Justice for placing the matter before the empowered Group of Ministers. Not only this, within few hours of the receipt of the suggestion made by the Prime Minister in his letter dated 2.11.2007 that keeping in view the inadequacy of spectrum, transparency and fairness should be maintained in the matter of allocation of the spectrum, the Minister of C&IT rejected the same by saying that it will be unfair, discriminatory, arbitrary and capricious to auction the spectrum to new applicants because it will not give them level playing field. He simultaneously introduced cut off date as 25.9.2007 for consideration of the applications received for grant of licence despite the fact that only one day prior to this, press release was issued by the DoT fixing 1.10.2007 as the last date for receipt of the applications. This arbitrary action of the Minister of C&IT though appears to be innocuous was actually intended to benefit some of the real estate companies who did not have any experience in dealing with telecom services and who had made applications only on 24.9.2007, i.e. one day before the cut off date fixed by the Minister of C&IT on his own.

(vi) The cut off date, i.e. 25.9.2007 decided by the Minister of C&IT on 2.11.2007 was not made public till 10.1.2008 and the first-come-first served principle, which was being followed since 2003 was changed by him at the last moment through press release dated 10.1.2008. This enabled some of the applicants, who had access either to the Minister or the officers of the DoT, to get the bank drafts etc. prepared towards performance guarantee etc. of about Rs.1600 crores.

(vii) The manner in which the exercise for grant of LoIs [letters of intent] to the applicants was conducted on 10.1.2008 leaves no room for doubt that every thing was stage managed to favour those who were able to know in advance change in the implementation of the first-come-first served principle…

71. The argument of Shri Harish Salve, learned senior counsel that if the Court finds that the exercise undertaken for grant of UAS Licences has resulted in violation of the institutional integrity, then all the licences granted 2001 onwards should be cancelled does not deserve acceptance because those who have got licence between 2001 and 24.9.2007 are not parties to these petitions and legality of the licences granted to them has not been questioned before this Court.

72. In majority of judgments relied upon by learned Attorney General and learned counsel for the respondents, it has been held that the power of judicial review should be exercised with great care and circumspection and the Court should not ordinarily interfere with the policy decisions of the Government in financial matters. There cannot be any quarrel with [this]. However, when it is clearly demonstrated before the Court that the policy framed by the State or its agency/instrumentality and/or its implementation is contrary to public interest or is violative of the constitutional principles, it is the duty of the Court to exercise its jurisdiction in larger public interest …When matters like these are brought before the judicial constituent of the State by public spirited citizens, it becomes the duty of the Court to exercise its power in larger public interest and ensure that the institutional integrity is not compromised by those in whom the people have reposed trust and who have taken oath to discharge duties in accordance with the Constitution and the law …

73. Before concluding, we consider it imperative to observe that but for the vigilance of some enlightened citizens … and non governmental organisations who have been constantly fighting for clean governance and accountability of the constitutional institutions, unsuspecting citizens and the nation would never have known how scarce natural resource spared by the Army has been grabbed by those who enjoy money power and who have been able to manipulate the system.

74. In the result, the writ petitions are allowed in the following terms:

(i) The licences granted to the private respondents on or after 10.1.2008 pursuant to two press releases issued on 10.1.2008 and subsequent allocation of spectrum to the licensees are declared illegal and are quashed.

(ii) The above direction shall become operative after four months.

(iii) Within two months, TRAI shall make fresh recommendations for grant of licence and allocation of spectrum in 2G band in 22 Service Areas by auction, as was done for allocation of spectrum in 3G band.

(iv) The Central Government shall consider the recommendations of TRAI and take appropriate decision within next one month and fresh licences be granted by auction.

(v) Respondent Nos.2, 3 and 9 who were benefited by a wholly arbitrary and unconstitutional action taken by the DoT for grant of UAS Licences and allocation of spectrum in 2G band and who off-loaded their stakes for many thousand crores in the name of fresh infusion of equity or transfer of equity shall pay cost of Rs.5 crores each. Respondent Nos. 4, 6, 7 and 10 shall pay cost of Rs.50 lakhs each because they too had been benefited by the wholly arbitrary and unconstitutional exercise undertaken by the DoT for grant of UAS Licences and allocation of spectrum in 2G band.

(vi) 50% of the cost shall be deposited with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee for being used for providing legal aid to indigent litigants. The remaining 50% cost shall be deposited in the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.

(vii) However, it is made clear that the observations and conclusions contained in this order shall not, in any manner, affect the pending investigation by the CBI, Directorate of Enforcement and others agencies or prejudice the defence of those who are facing prosecution in the cases registered by the CBI and the Special Judge, CBI shall decide the matter uninfluenced by this judgment.

Justice G.S. Singhvi

Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly

New Delhi

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The Supreme Court is the "apex court"To protect the interests of te
ordinary citzens in India in the field of justice administration! Hence,it is deemed the "court of final appeal"!However, in matters affecting the lives of ordinary citizens against certain laws,orders and action of Govt.,it entertains 'petitions'under "public Interest Litigation"! While thousands of genuine litigants wait in long queues before court for justice, the PIL petitioner "queue-jumps"! Therefore, it is but proper that the court satisfies itself that it is a "genuine public litigation"and not what some individual or group tries to hold out as affecting the public for popularity or ego sake!And "the legality and acceptability of the sources of their 'evidences' has to be clearly established!
"CAG's Performance Audit Report on 2 G spectrum allocation and issuance of licences" was placed before both houses of parliament in November, 2010!Dr.Swamy sought PM's sanction to prosecute Minister Raja,in Nov.2008!

from:  Julian
Posted on: Mar 3, 2012 at 07:47 IST

Zero loss .Now what will the corrupt people say in S.C. that they have incurred a loss due to cancelation of license.But one thing the total loot was more than 2,00,000 crore and RAJA alone has not taken this huge amount.If corruption singh wants to unearth the money just follow the money .2,00,000 crore can not be transferred physically.

from:  Amit Gupta
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 20:50 IST

"However, when it is clearly demonstrated before the Court that the policy framed by the State or its agency/instrumentality and/or its implementation is contrary to public interest or is violative of the constitutional principles, it is the duty of the Court to exercise its jurisdiction in larger public interest …". You do not need any further stronger indictment of the current UPA administration than that. This paper as well as every news media outlet should be asking for the resignation of this administration. If the PM still claims to be a honest man then he would submit his and his cabinet's resignation.
I am shocked that Indians would tolerate this administration even after such a strong indictment of it.

from:  steve smrita
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 19:21 IST

What about the money looted in first place? As far as that is not recovered, this will be only a gimmick justice. Banana Rebublic of India.

from:  Mukund
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 18:29 IST

What does the Supreme Court verdict undoubtedly prove ? That this Govt by the UPA takes "arbitary & unconstitutional” policy decisions , even detrimental to national interests !
Let us not forget, this very UPA Govt also had advocated & issued a statement earlier that "there should be no judicial intervention in policy decisions ". Now we all have the answer -why ? Raja was a part of this UPA Govt and this Govt had the right and collective duty to stop Raja . It didnt, even though national interests were being violated . Coalitions are formed to run the country according to the constitutional norms & also protect national interests – not just to stay in power. Where is then the question of “ compulsions of coalition politics “ to allow for “arbitary ,capricious and illegal “ policy decisions to be taken by a Govt ,even detrimental to national interests ? The PM is culpable , without doubt , atleast for neglect of his duty . It is better for him to resign and dissolve his Govt ,that has lost all its legitimacy to run this country or to safeguard our national interests .

from:  VJ NAMBIAR
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 11:25 IST

It appears nothing but a pre-determined case by judiciary in the interest of corporate world and against the common man, who had been benefited of the pricing system and re-auctioning would boomerang on the price of spectrum. The corporates would add up all over-heads including judiciary and fix the rate/price for spectrum. Nobody would be allowed less than this. Let people of India keep a watch.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 00:14 IST

The affected Companies have unbelievable financial clout and they will
employ Best Legal Brains to get a Stay or annulment through a Revision
Petition and the Govt.of the Day WILL ensure that they support them.
Battle is Won but War goes on

from:  ajith kumar
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 11:30 IST

A Great Judgement. Kudos to the Honourable Judges ,Mr. Swamy and the Non Government Organisations and some enlightened citizens.They have done a great service to the nation by their dedication and determination to fight corruption and injustice at the highest place of power.The judgement is precise,rational, sound, covered all salient points to expose the manipulations made by the then Minister of Telecommunication and the way in which all the rules of financial propriety are ignored, how the precious natural resources were given away at throw away prices and how a chosen few were given preference at the cost of others etc. There can be no better judgement than this and we thank once again the judiciary for this. Long live Indian Judiciary system and the Apex court can legitimately proud of this judgement. We hope the other partners of this Himalayan Scam are brought to book and punished after due process of Law. Raja alone is not in this scam,there are many waiting to be exposed .

from:  librawalla
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 08:02 IST

What next?
The basic premise of parliamentary democracy is the "collective responsibility of the cabinet under the Prime Minister". Normally, the leader of the parliamentary majority would be the PM, but the positions are split now (perfectly ok and may have precedents). But this diarchy places the responsibility for this historic debacle also on the Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party. Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi would do an immense service to their own and the government's honor and integrity by accepting moral responsibility and submit their resignations, dissolve the Lok Sabah and call for fresh elections as soon as possible. Any delay would only prolong the agony.

from:  Thiru. V. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 03:51 IST

As leader of the Cabinet of ministers, knowingly if he could not or unable to correct the wrongs of his cabinet members the PM lost the credibility.

from:  Azad S.
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 01:48 IST

The supreme court judgment is clear & concise: The primary reason for cancellation was the policy was manipulated by the minister in charge. The older case of NDA who initiated the 1st come 1st served policy was not considered in this judgment since it was out of the scope. Even if it was considered, it would not have affected NDA or Mr. Shourie since he was surely above board. The above policy benefited the public and the poorest could afford a cell phone.
This verdict will be in the public interest for elimininating corruption in allotment, but the poor will suffer since 70% of the population will not be able to afford the mobile when it is auctioned like 3G So what is public interest? To have the policy which gives maximum benefit of the poor, without doing it with corruption. Will the MGNREGA have to be scrapped since big draining of fund happened in UP and some other states? But all the comments given above are made without considering this aspect

from:  samuel thomas
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 00:55 IST

SC verdict raises fundamental political issues, and the most important is the procedural manner and conclusion of PMO in deciding on Ministerial appointments. It raises serious issues of political and moral probity and democratic sustanability of Indian system of federalism...and more.

from:  dr. hari naidu
Posted on: Feb 4, 2012 at 00:10 IST

Dr. Subramanian Swamy hatsoff to you!!!

from:  SHYAM
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 22:30 IST

Dear SIR, Very kind of you narrating vividly the whole issue and giving ruling on each pertinent aspect.Reasons with Facts giving dates and sequence of events have made the whole issue crystal clear and the guilty mind and scheming done by the Minister involving many officials in the process. This is nothing but criminalisation of administration.Utter breach of Trust and confidence reposed on a Minister who was on OATH to subserve the interests of the country and the Public.Public money has been wasted, misused for unlawful gain for vested interests and personal gain as windfall.Cases must be completed fast and rigorous punishments awarded including confiscating all ill gotten Money so as to be deterrent for others.

from:  Ranapati Ghosh
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 22:00 IST

The judgement of two eminent judges of the SC on the 2G Scam issue is a landmark one in the annals of judicial jurisprudence and the entire nation should feel grateful to them for coming to their rescue in this hour of need. Also. a million thanks to Dr Subramaniam Swamy and others for their relentless fight against corruption, but for which the nation would be in the dark about the misdeeds of those wielding money power and have been able to manipulate the system. Another salient feature of the judgement was when the AG mentioned the Court should not ordinarily interfere with the policy decisions of the Govt, in financial matters, the judges remarked that when matters like these are brought before the judiciary by public spirited citizens, it becomes the duty of the Court to exercise its power and ensure that the institutional integrity is not compromised by those in whom the people have trust and have taken oath to discharge duties in accordance with the Constitution

from:  T.S.SREENIVASAN
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 21:56 IST

Thanks for providing a detailed account of the most relevant part of the judgment. The judges have shown great maturity in the language that has been used in conveying the message. They have avoided use of words like venality while still being critical of the actions. They have to be saluted for the remarkable restraint they have shown. Can we now hope for the PM to initiate action to act on his office which on the face of it colluded with actors of this
drama?

from:  Dr S Srinivasan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 21:16 IST

Is Raja a scape goat for bigger crooks who are behind the curtain? It is
fairly simple to reject that A.Raja alone has acted in this multi crore
scam.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 17:36 IST

The decision about 2G Licences could not be taken by just one minister. The collective responsibility is of the entire cabinet. Now after the verdict from Supreme Court, the cabinet should resign taking moral responsibility of acting 'contrary to public interest'. Do they have such a moral standard? is a question to be observed.

from:  Madan Gopal Sharma
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Supreme Court's definition about natural resources and their
liabilities are worth mentioning, "even though there is no universally
accepted definition of natural resources, the same can be understood
as naturally occurring elements which have an intrinsic utility. They
may be renewable or non renewable. Spectrum has been internationally
accepted as a scarce, finite and renewable natural resource which is
susceptible to degradation in case of inefficient utilisation"
The honourable court's further saying can be understood as...The Govt
of India is just a trustee of these resources and their duty is to
protect it, conserve it and spend it in a way which could benefit
state as a whole...bravo !!

from:  Kumar Manoranjan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 15:58 IST

Who are, in reality, Peoples' Representatives? Not the Parliamentarians
but only the Supreme Court, representing judicial process and in fact
guarding the peoples' interests. Still there is scope for better India.

from:  mvrangaraajan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 14:48 IST

In Government dealings, totally fair and transparent method should be
used. The amount of money to be generated for the national ex-chequer is
secondary. After all Indians are conditioned by more than 5000 years'
old culture and would not crucify anybody for a loss caused inspite of
being genuinely honest.

from:  mvrangaraajan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 14:37 IST

Many thanks to Dr Subramanium Swami who worked really hard so that we
can see this day.

from:  Vaibhav
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 14:05 IST

The orders of the SC is welcome by all except those arraigned as
accused in the 2G case. M/s Swamy, Bhsan, BJP and Media are the most
happiest in the country. The policy of 'First come first served' is
indeed obnoxious as ridiculed by the SC. But it is strange that the
SC has not denounced the framers of such an anti people policy of
2001 i.e. NDA Govt. and the successive Ministers of NDA and UPA I,
who have allotted the licences based on this same policy. The
arbitrary action and behavior of Mr. Raja vis a vis this policy has
been rightly condemned by the SC vide para 70 of its order thereby
making worse the position of Mr. Raja who is facing the 2G trial in
another lower court.

from:  Prof. N. Gunachandran
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 13:43 IST

Satyameva Jayathe.

My sincere salute to supreme court of india.

Jai hind...

from:  Jakief
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 12:54 IST

I finally thanks SC and hats off to Justice G.S. Singhvi
and Justice A K Ganguly. Thanks a lot for the historic judgment.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Bravo! We need judgments like these to teach the greedy corporate companies not to succumb to bribery. Because in the end, they end up paying lot more than they would have had they gone through straight forward ways. So, next time they will think twice before committing such acts.

from:  Girish Venkatesh
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 12:18 IST

What a wonderful lesson to those who think they can pay bribes and work hand in glove with corrupt officials and politicians and get away scot free once the deal has been secured! The nation stood to be reduced to a comical farce of epic proportions. I hope all the aggrieved parties get together and demand that the bribes they paid and the favours they dished out now be returned by the corrupt! One would dearly love to be privy to those conversations now! Thank God for the Supreme Court and its integrity and clarity in this matter.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:45 IST

It was highly childish of Sibal to blame NDA for 2G FCFS fiasco. If the FCFS policy was made by NDA then UPA had all the time to modify it and made it auction based, as UPA did for 3G. FCFS practice has fundamental problem that it can never generate as much funds as auction practice can. This part of supreme court judgment ‘… the State and its agencies/instrumentalities must always adopt a rational method for disposal of public property… ‘ should help in rectifying the other govt policies which are based on FCFS. But it does not look like from Sibal’s press conference that UPA is really interested in it and will modify policies for other areas from FCFS to something rational.

from:  Tapish
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:45 IST

All Indians can feel confident that justice can prevail. In future businessmen and politicians will think twice before trying short-cuts. I salute Justice G.S. Singhvi & Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly for their monumental judgment.

from:  B. Subramaniam
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:40 IST

Hats off to SC. I am sure that even affected customers will be happy by this decision. This is a very small cost which every indian can make for weeding out such corrupt practices and people from our country.

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:38 IST

Mr sibbal's statement that there has been zero loss in first cum first serve policy adopted by UPA has proved utterly false in the wake of SC verdict.It is not made clear by him as to what compelled UPA to go ahead & continue with NDA policy. Further, it is not understood what was the compulsion on the part of PM in not taking away the telecom ministry from Mr Raja after having fully known that Mr Raja has flouted the notings of the then FM & PM himself.There is also a say that Soniaji was also of the opinion that first cum first serve policy needs being done away with but, to no avail.It is indicative of lip service.UPA's decision has put the nation to irrepairable huge financial losses and other incidental losses. SC verdict has shown the face of UPA.

from:  m.k.agrawal
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:27 IST

Justice G.S. Singhvi, Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly..
Yes Respected Sirs,
The entire nation will salute you.Your names has been indelibly cast in the mind of the common man.It will reverberate relentlessly generation after generations.Yes justice justice prevails in India.

from:  Bose A Panicker
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:21 IST

Finally a sigh of relief to people hoping for clean governance.

from:  K Kalyan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 11:09 IST

A salute to the judiciary

from:  narendra
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 10:32 IST

Wholly arbitrary, capricious and contrary to public interest’is the judgement given by the Supreme court .Thank god India still has such judges and courts that deliver true justice . The UPA and the PM never thought it necessary to initiate serious investigations, even post scam and instead defended the whole exercise with their senior ministers also decalring "zero losses to exchequer " and questioning CAG reports validity . The then Finance Minister and the UPA as such is politically culpable in this whole episode .

from:  VJ NAMBIAR
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 10:18 IST

The following observation by the judges, nails Kapil Sibal's specious argument that NDA government was equally responsible for the happenings on 2G. Sibal has been consistently using his skills to spin untruths and spread canards about Mr Vajpayee's government, which used "First Come, First Served" to increase telecom penetration in under penetrated circles. CBI, at our venerable Home Minister's behest was trying to unearth anything that was not transparent during Mr Arun Shourie's tenure but fell flat "The argument of Shri Harish Salve, learned senior counsel that if the Court finds that the exercise undertaken for grant of UAS Licences has resulted in violation of the institutional integrity, then all the licences granted 2001 onwards should be cancelled does not deserve acceptance because those who have got licence between 2001 and 24.9.2007 are not parties to these petitions and legality of the licences granted to them has not been questioned before this court"

from:  Mahadevan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 09:52 IST

This is what happens in a democracy when crookes become ministers.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 07:51 IST

This is a great progress. Infact this might be the first high profile case in the country where the verdict went against an influential political leader/party. However, one question that haunts me is, is Raja the only culprit here. Is it really possible that there is no one from Congress party who is involved in this? Are the real culprits who benefited from this scam still at loose, while Raja is been victimized by being portrayed as the only culprit?
Realistically, this is not a scam that only one person can architect. Other congress leaders in power don't allow things to happen, unless they benefit from it too. Will we ever know who the other culprits are? Will the people of this nation ever know the truth behind this conspiracy?

from:  Satya
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 07:39 IST

It does seem a little unfair for the Telcom companies. Sad. But I guess that this needed to happen.

from:  Tejaswy
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 06:30 IST

A well reasoned and detailed order clearly explaining the sequence of
events. Kudos to the Hon'ble Justices for taking such bold decision
notwithstanding the stakes and the stakeholders involved therein

from:  Ch.G.Murali Krishna Murthy
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 06:14 IST

Shri Harish Salve should hang his head in shame

from:  prasbad
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 04:57 IST

Unbelievable !! Spot on with the observation that without the efforts of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, all the citizens would have continued to be exploited by these power and money hungry scoundrels. It pains me to see these arbitrary rules. It's high time we have a transparent view of government policies.

from:  Joshi
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 04:46 IST

Dr. Subramanian Swamy for Prime Minister !! We cannot go wrong with him.

from:  Joshi
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 04:45 IST

Justice prevailed! Can the courts process every case like this?

from:  Satish
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 02:50 IST

Thank God for our supreme court.

from:  Veera
Posted on: Feb 3, 2012 at 02:45 IST
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