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PIL wants 2G licences handed out by Raja cancelled

A group of non-government organisations including the Centre for Public Interest Litigation and a number of public interest litigants have jointly moved the Supreme Court seeking cancellation of telecom licenses and 2G spectrum granted by tainted telecom minister by A Raja during his tenure.

The Times of India reported that the petition cited that "multiple illegalities, corruption and favouritism" was the order of the day when the department of telecome under A Raja made the allocations and said that even the telecom regulator had recommended cancellation of 69 out of 122 licensees for failure to fulfil necessary services stipulated under the contracts.

The petition was filed yesterday by registered civil society Common Cause and Telecom Watchdog and former Chief Election Commissioners JM Lyngdoh TS Krishnamurthy and N Gopalaswami and former Central Vigilance commissioner P Shankar.

"Irregularities and illegalities have also been recorded and commented upon by two detailed judgements of the Delhi High Court and detailed report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. According to the CAG, 85 of the 122 licences were given to companies which were not even eligible and as many as 343 applications were not even considered by the DoT," the TOI quoted from the petition.

The misallocation of 2G funds cost the government estimated losses of Rs 60,000 crore ($12.9bn) after licences were allegedly sold by Raja to bidders at below market values.

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