It is strange and ironical that the Central government is still going soft on the companies which benefited from the allocation of the 2G spectrum. The government is advocating that it would not be good for public interests to scrap the licenses of the companies which could not roll out services on time. When it has been proved that the process of allocation was finished in merely 45 days in order to benefit some of the companies, why is the ruling dispensation paying attention to only transgressing rolling out services? It has no significance that those 103 companies which failed to roll out on time were slapped a fine of Rs 290 crore. The fine amount is meager as the companies hit the jackpot by selling their licences to the foreign companies. The government should acknowledge away the fact that these companies did not have right to sell their shares.

It is surprising that the government has bought the logic of the companies which argue that going by the precedent around the world fines could be imposed but licenceses should not be annulled for not delivering the services. Undoubtedly, the Central government is giving pointless proposition that if the licenceses are scrapped, the investments in infrastructure will get a jolt. The attitude of the government on this issue is not fair and seems to resemble the viewpoints of former minister A Raja. It is disappointing that despite CAG’s report, arrest of Raja and the formation of JPC to probe irregularities, the government is not ready to accept 2G spectrum controversy as a scam. The government’s stand on this issue is surprising and raises question on its integrity. The Centre seems to have turned a blind eye on corruption and is going soft on the people who have indulged in malpractices. It is necessary that the Supreme Court should keep a close watch on the CBI’s modus operandi in the 2G spectrum scam.