Sistema,Uninor move Supreme Court for review of 2G verdict

Sistema: We are being unfairly penalised; Verdict to have adverse results: Uninor

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: March 3, 2012 12:50 am

Sistema Shyam TeleServices (SSTL) and Uninor on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of the verdict canceling its licenses for 2G spectrum spectrum allocated during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The apex court had by its February 2 judgement cancelled 22 and 21 licences of 2G spectrum of Uninor and SSTL respectively.

In the review petition,while SSTL said it is being unfairly penalised for acting in good faith and in reliance on the appropriateness of the procedures established by the government,Uninor pleaded the order would have adverse consequences for its licence holders and stakeholders.

SSTL,which operates under the MTS brand,sought reconsideration of the February 2 judgement delivered by a bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly (since retired) contending it was the only operator to have applied for a Pan-India CDMA spectrum in 2008 and there is no finding or suggestion by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report against it.

Uninor said the order cancelling its licences were taken on the ground that award of licences was unilateral,arbitrary and capricious but it was a collective decision by key people in the government for granting the startup spectrum within the entry fee of Rs 1658 crore.

Uninor,in a statement,said the adverse impact of the judgment is on the telecom firm which had nothing to do with either the policy or its implementation.

It said Norway-based Telenor had invested Rs 6,100 crore in Uninor after taking all requisite approvals required for such investment,including the approval from Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) and CCEA,adding the review petition should be heard in an open court. While three telecom companies,including Unitech Wireless Group which is a partner in Uninor,were imposed heavy cost of Rs 5 crore each,others,including SSTL,was directed to pay a cost of Rs 50 lakh each by the court.

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