Presidential reference: Apex court issues notice to states on auction order

The Supreme Court issued notice to all states on a Presidential reference by the Centre seeking the court’s opinion on whether its February 2 judgment for auction of 2G spectrum will extend to all natural resources

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 12, 2012 12:41 am

The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to all states on a Presidential reference by the Centre seeking the court’s opinion on whether its February 2 judgment for auction of 2G spectrum will extend to all natural resources.

The five-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia with Justices DK Jain,JS Khehar,Deepak Misra and Ranjan

Gogoi scheduled the hearing of the reference on July 10,after the summer vacations of the court.

The Bench sought responses from the Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce and Industry and the Confederation of Indian Industry. It also issued notice to Centre for Public Interest Litigation and Janata Party leader Subramanium Swamy in their respective capacity as the original petitioners whose writ petitions led to the pronouncement of the February 2 verdict quashing 122 telecom licences allotted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The court had sought public auction of “scarce natural resources” like spectrum.

When advocate Prashant Bhushan,appearing for CPIL,said the court should first examine the maintainability of the reference before taking it on board,the Bench said the question would be considered during hearing of the reference itself.

Friday’s hearing comes a day after the government was allowed to withdraw its review petition on the February 2 judgment. The reference was cleared by the Union Cabinet on April 10.

The court has reserved its order for May 15.

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