One of the first telephone calls that Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal made after the Supreme Court delivered the judgment in the 2G spectrum case was to Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati.
Sources said both discussed the import of Thursdays judgment and what steps the government could take to implement the judgment.
Sources said while the issue of seeking clarification or review of the judgment vis-a-vis those companies that had been granted licences by Raja but have not been chargesheeted by the CBI in the 2G spectrum scam was also discussed,the consensus in the government was that it would send a wrong signal if the government took such a step.
While a final decision would be taken only after the law officers go through the complete judgment,there seems to be little chance of a review petition, said a senior functionary of the Law Ministry.
As I see it,the judgment is good for the government in the sense that it provides a way out to it. The court has only cancelled the licences without passing any adverse remarks on the licencees or how the companies got the licences. Now,the companies will renegotiate with the government and TRAI and hope that the government also responds positively to save their investments and expenditures incurred by them, said senior lawyer K T S Tulsi.
Any company that files a review may be calling for trouble. Since the companies were not before the court now,there has been no adverse comment from the Bench about how they got the licences in a vitiated manner. If they decide to come,the court may not be so benevolent, he added.
The government has to accept the courts judgment and implement it. I dont think the governments review would cut much ice with the court, said senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan.