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A Raja's Written Statement to JPC on 2G Spectrum Scam

A Raja's Written Statement to JPC on 2G Spectrum Scam

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja's written submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G Spectrum Scam.
"….All these matters were discussed by me personally with the Hon’ble PM. The PMO files contain detailed notes on the procedure followed by the DoT, which is identical to what has been explained by me above. The Hon’ble PM was fully aware of all these matters. The DoT issued LOIs only after I obtained the Hon’ble PM’s concurrence when I met him in January 2008. Similarly, spectrum was allocated only after I had the concurrence of the Hon’ble PM and Finance Minister," Raja writes.
Former Telecom Minister A Raja's written submission to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G Spectrum Scam.
"….All these matters were discussed by me personally with the Hon’ble PM. The PMO files contain detailed notes on the procedure followed by the DoT, which is identical to what has been explained by me above. The Hon’ble PM was fully aware of all these matters. The DoT issued LOIs only after I obtained the Hon’ble PM’s concurrence when I met him in January 2008. Similarly, spectrum was allocated only after I had the concurrence of the Hon’ble PM and Finance Minister," Raja writes.

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4.19 It is in this context that the discussions between the then EAM, the
then SG and myself assume relevance. The Hon’ble Prime Minister
and I had exchanged letters on 02.11.2007 on various issues relating
to the telecom sector36

and also had subsequent personal discussions
on this subject. It was agreed in these discussions that I would have
discussions with Sh. Pranab Mukherji, the then EAM, since he was
heading the Group of Ministers on vacation of spectrum. It must be
noted here that the issue of FCFS was purely within the domain of the
DoT and I had no obligation under the Allocation of Business Rules
or Transaction of Business Rules to discuss this matter with any other

Minister, but still out of respect for the Hon’ble PM and the EAM, I

did so.

4.20 Accordingly, discussions were held between the EAM and I in
December 2007 on inter alia the following issues: subscriber base
criteria for allotment of additional spectrum; issue of dual technology;
and issue of new licenses. The SG was also present in these
discussions, since the same issues were the subject matter of litigation
in the TDSAT.

4.21 For the purpose of the discussions with the EAM, the SG prepared a
note dealing, item-wise, with subscriber base criteria for allotment of

36

D-358 & D-359

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additional spectrum; issue of dual technology; manner in which
spectrum will be allocated; and the issue of new telecom licenses.
This note specifically recorded, “Thus Government is obliged to
scrutinise the pending applications and if the applicants are found
eligible, to issue licenses on a first-come-first-served basis. Once an
applicant becomes licensee after complying with the LOI conditions,
the applicant then becomes eligible for spectrum as per the WPC
guidelines.
”37

4.22 The above paragraph contains the essence of the DoT policy. It
provides:

(i) the Government is “obliged” to consider the pending
applications for UASL;

(ii) an applicant becomes a licensee only after complying with LOI
conditions; and

(iii) such an applicant only thereafter becomes eligible for spectrum
allocation.

4.23 The entire actions of the DoT have been based on the above
principles.

4.24 It is interesting to note that the SG was not even willing to admit to
the aforesaid meeting till a copy of his note surfaced in the public

37

PMO File 2 pp. 8-10.

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domain and the EAM also confirmed to the PAC that this meeting had
taken place.

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