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Thursday, April 5, 2012

No reviewing 2G verdicts, rules court

The Supreme Court has upheld its February 2 order cancelling 122 ‘2G spectrum licences' on the ground that they were illegally allotted to various companies during A. Raja's tenure as Telecom Minister.A Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and K.S. Radhakrishnan rejected review petitions. “We have carefully perused the record of the case and are satisfied that the judgment of which review has been sought does not suffer from any error apparent.”

It has also refused to entertain Mr. Raja's plea seeking review of the verdict. “We… are convinced that there is no valid ground much less justification to entertain the prayer made by the applicant.” Mr. Raja contended that he was condemned by the court for his alleged illegalities without giving him an opportunity of being heard and without making him party to the proceedings.

‘Apprehension baseless'

The Bench said: “The apprehension expressed by Mr. Raja that the observations will prejudicially affect his cause is not well-founded because in para 81(vii), it has been made clear that the observations contained in the judgment shall not prejudice any person including the applicant, who is facing prosecution in the cases registered by the CBI or who may face prosecution on the basis of charge-sheet(s) which may be filed by the CBI in future and the Special Judge, CBI shall decide the matter uninfluenced by this judgment.”

The Hindu

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