New Delhi, Feb 01 (Agencies): In a major relief to various telecom companies that won 2G spectrum licenses during Union Telecom Minister A Raja’s tenure, the Supreme Court on Tuesday made it clear that the CAG report cannot be the only basis for cancellation of licenses and any decision taken by the government on the issue will be subject to the outcome of the petitions pending before it.

"Everything they (government) do after filing of the petition, is subject to the outcome of the petitions," a bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said.

"We do not know what they are doing. But if they do, it is subject to the outcome of our order," the bench said.

The comments by the bench came on the plea by an NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) which sought a direction to the government for restraining it from regularising the license of the telecom companies which failed to meet the roll-out obligations.

NGO's counsel Prashant Bhushan said that the government was regularising the licenses of the companies by imposing penalties on them for not paying market rates.

The bench further said, "If the licenses are going to be cancelled, it cannot be cancelled only on the basis of the CAG report."