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SC slaps telecoms minister, CBI with 10 days to reply to $12.9bn 2G spectrum scam charges

The Supreme Court has issued notices to the government’s department of telecommunication, telecom minister A Raja and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to reply to charges that Raja caused the government losses of Rs 60,000 crore ($12.9bn) by mishandling the 2G spectrum allocation to mobile operators, according to a number of media reports. The 2G mobile telecoms licenses were allegedly awarded to favoured parties without competitive bidding at below-market prices in 2007.

This follows a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging that the CBI has been deliberately slowing down the investigation into the case out of political motivation.

Read the full Timesnow report.

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