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Presidential reference can’t undo 2G verdict: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday said the opinion of its Constitution Bench on the Presidential Reference arising out of its 2G Spectrum judgement will not have ‘undoing’ impact on the verdict by which the allocation of 122 licences were cancelled.

‘All of us so far know that answers given to the Presidential Reference has no meaning to the case as it is not undoing the judgement. That will not make difference to the judgement,’ a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan said.

‘The fact of the matter is that (the Centre) have not complied with the judgement,’ it further said, adding that ‘they have not held auction of the spectrum as per the judgement.’

The apex court in its 2 February judgement this year had cancelled the 122 licences for 2G spectrum and had also advocated that all natural resources in all sectors should be allocated for commercial purpose through the auction route. The remarks were made by the bench during the hearing of the Centre’s plea seeking extention of deadline for completing the auction of 2G spectrum after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for an NGO, said the government was delaying the process by filing the Presidential Reference after the its review petition was admitted.

While Bhushan was making submission, the bench also expressed displeasure over EGoM’s decision to defer taking any step on spectrum pricining in view of the pending Presidential Reference. ‘EGoM’s decision was not appropriate at all. Why to wait till the matter is decided,’ the bench said.

On the query of the bench, Bhushan and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy, replied in affirmative that there was contempt of apex court order by the Centre.
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