PM seeks AG's opinion on 2G judgment
NEW DELHI: Amid growing worries about the repercussions of the Supreme Court order cancelling 2G licences for business sentiment, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked for an analysis of the judgment.
Sources said Singh has asked attorney general G E Vahanvati to brief him on all possible implications of the judgment.
The PM's curiosity about the ramifications of the judgment coincides with the view in a section of the government that the SC verdict is too drastic and can dampen business sentiment. There is also a concern that with the apex court holding that the "first-come first-served" policy was inherently flawed, government has to quicken the transition to a policy where allocation of natural assets is made solely on the basis of auctions.
Meanwhile, according to PTI, CBI moved the Supreme Court for a clarification whether the special 2G court can conduct a trial of Essar and Loop when they, unlike other recipients of licences from jailed telecom minister A Raja, have not been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The news agency reported that CBI approached the SC after being directed to do so by the Delhi High Court on the basis of a petition by Essar.
According to the agency report, the conglomerate contended that its promoters, who are accused in the case, have been chargesheeted under Sections 420 and 120B and they should be tried by a magistrate and not by the special court dealing with the 2G case.
Sources said the PM also discussed with Vahanvati the government's dispute with Army chief General V K Singh over his date of birth. The SC had last week taken exception to the government rejecting the general's statutory complaint by saying that the decision-making process was vitiated and was violative of the principles of natural justice. Justice G M Lodha had given the government's time to withdraw the order, warning that non-compliance would force it to step in to quash the decision.
The deadline expires on Thursday.