A sharp divergence of opinion has emerged over prosecuting the public servants and three cellular companies booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation in a case of alleged irregularities in the award of additional spectrum in January 2002. The differences have been revealed in a report forwarded by the CBI to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), seeking legal opinion from the Attorney General of India.

The agency had, about a year ago, registered the case naming Bharti Cellular Limited (now Bharti Airtel Limited), Hutchison Max Private Limited (now Vodafone Essar) and Sterling Cellular Limited (now Vodafone Essar Mobile Services ) besides the then Telecom Commission Chairman and Department of Telecom Secretary Shyamal Ghosh, the then DoT Deputy Director General Jagdish Rai Gupta and other unknown officials of the department.

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