New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday admitted Government's plea seeking review of its 2G ruling that natural resources should be allotted to private companies only through "auction" but refused to hear affected telecom firms whose petitions for reconsideration of verdict cancelling their licences were dismissed.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan issued notices to the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, seeking their response on Government's plea seeking review of the February 2 judgement by which the first-come- first-serve policy was held as flawed.

CPIL and Swamy were the petitioners on whose plea the apex court had passed a slew of directions including the cancellation of 122 2G licenses which were alloted during the tenure of former Telecom Minister A Raja.

The bench, which said it will indicate a date for hearing the review petition in open court, made it clear that the issuance of notice in the matter did not mean a stay on the operation of its directives in the judgement cancelling the licences and asking allocation of spectrum through auction.

In a last bid attempt to put across their grievances, private telecom operators, who are affected by the cancellation of licenses and whose review petition has already been dismissed, pleaded that they should be heard while deciding the review petition.

The bench, however, refused to issue notices to them.


At the outset, Government said that it was seeking review on limited aspect of the verdict pertaining to apex court ruling that all natural resources should be alloted through auction process.

"We do not want to question the order on the cancellation of licenses. What is of concern for us is question of law.

Some of the questions require revisiting," Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising submitted.

(Agencies)