New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the telecom tribunal TDSAT to decide on the plea of Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular against DoT to issue it 3G spectrums in Punjab. The allocation has been pending because of Idea's merger with Spice Telecom.

A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to take a decision on the plea of Idea.

"It is related with 3G spectrum allocation and it should be dealt with separately," said the bench allowing the plea of the Aditya Birla group firm.

The TDSAT had stopped hearing after the Attorney General had mentioned before the Tribunal that the Supreme Court had restrained all courts from passing any order on allocation of spectrum. Following that, Idea had approached the Supreme Court seeking its clarification on the issue.

In January, 2011, Idea had filed a petition in TDSAT for allocation of 3G spectrum and the Tribunal, admitting it, issued a notice.

(Agencies)