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Department of Telecom Weighs Legal Option To Keep Auction Of Airwaves on track

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The telecom department is considering all options available to it, including approaching the Supreme Court, to pre-empt any telecom operator from stalling the auction of airwaves that is due to begin on March 4. “We have sought opinion from the ministry of law and justice over the matter and we want to ensure the auctions don’t get pushed further,” a senior telecom department official told ET. According to the procedure announced by the government, operators have to file their applications by February 16 to participate in the auction.

The DoT’s move comes in the wake of telecom operators going to various courts across the country and the telecom tribunal, seeking a postponement of the auction for what they called anomalies in the auction rules. The government is hoping to raise at least Rs 80,000 crore from the sale of spectrum for second- and third-generation services and is banking heavily on this expected revenue to keep its fiscal deficit under control. Any delay in the sale could derail the plans. Original post at ET Telecom

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