New Delhi: Ex-TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra on Friday told a Delhi court that he had apprised the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) about TRAI's 2007 recommendations which also suggested auctioning of 2G spectrum in future.

Misra said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had in August 28, 2007, recommendations said the scarce 2G spectrum should be auctioned to ensure its efficient utilisation.

He, however, added there was no formal consultation between him and the PMO on the issue.

Testifying as a witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case, Misra told Special CBI Judge O P Saini that during his tenure as TRAI chief, he had apprised the PMO about the recommendations which were under consideration before MOC&IT and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

"I visited the PMO as the Chairman, TRAI. I apprised the PMO regarding the (TRAI) recommendations dated August 28, 2007 and also gave the list of TRAI recommendations under consideration of the Department of Telecom (DoT) and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," Misra said.


"There is no formal consultation between the PMO and the Chairman, TRAI. I went over there to apprise the PMO of the list of recommendations under consideration before the
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MOC&IT) and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting," he said.

According to the chargesheet, TRAI's August 28, 2007 recommendations said 2G spectrum, being a scarce resource, should be auctioned and no cap should be placed on the number
of the access service providers in any service area.

Misra was the TRAI Chairman from 2006 to 2009 during which 2G spectrums were allocated in 2008 by then Telecom Minister A Raja, the key accused in the case.


(Agencies)