The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed before various high courts proceedings relating to the tender conditions for the auction of 2G spectrum, which is scheduled for March 4.
A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra ordered transfer of all petitions filed by private telecom operators in high courts of Allahabad, Karnataka and Delhi to the apex court, and said: “There will be a stay of further proceedings in the High Courts”.
While agreeing to hear the case on Thursday, the court also said that it would hear on priority the matter and it will pass order during the Holi vacation on March 3, a day before the start of auction. It had on February 17 stayed similar proceeding in the Tripura High Court over the bidding of spectrum for the north-east circle. The Centre had challenged the Tripura High Court’s interim order allowing telecom firms Bharti Hexacom and Reliance Telecom to submit two bids for a total of 8.8 MHz spectrum in the north-east circle.