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TTSL likely beneficiary of lapses in 2001: Patil panel

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 10, 2011 Published on February 10, 2011

The spectrum controversy in all its shades.   -  The Hindu

Several extensions for compliance with terms of Letter of Intent (LoI) in absence of enabling provisions in the guidelines may have benefited Tata Group firm Tata Teleservices (TTSL) in 2001 to get Basic Services Licence (BSL) in various circles, says the Justice Shivraj Patil committee report.

The report, made public on Thursday, said, "...time was extended time and again for several months for TTSL for grant of BSLs in Maharashtra, Haryana, Kerala, Punjab and Rajasthan service areas for compliance with LoI." The report went into the lapses during the allocation of the 2G Spectrum.

The report, presented to the Telecom Minister Mr Kapil Sibal last week, said all decisions on spectrum allocation since 2003, (that includes the NDA regime) were procedurally wrong.

The report said the extension of time in the absence of any enabling provision in the guidelines could lead to arbitrary exercise of power and favouritism subjectively. The report has named several DoT officials.

It said the (TTSL) decision was on the basis of a note put up by ADG (BS II) Mr Jeet Singh and was endorsed by the then Director (BS II), Mr PK Mittal DDG (BS), Mr RN Goyal Member (P), Mr R Ramanathan Member (F) and Mr Shyamal Ghosh Chairman (Telecom Commission), without raising any objection and finally getting approved by the Minister.

These identified public officials appear to be responsible for the lapse in the procedure, the report said.

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Published on February 10, 2011
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