New Delhi (Agencies): Former Telecom Minister Arun Shourie is in CBI net as he will appear before the agency next week in connection with probe into possible criminal aspects in the telecom policy since 2001.

The CBI approached Shourie last week asking him to appear in connection with the Preliminary Enquiry (PE) registered by the agency following a direction from the Supreme Court.

The enquiry was registered against "unknown persons" with an aim to ascertain as to whether the "first-come-first-serve basis" provision passed by the then Cabinet led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee was followed or not, officials said here.

However, Arun Shourie maintained that someone had called his home when he was away and that he later conveyed to the agency that he will appearing before it on February  21 after his return from Kolkata.

According to the agency, nearly 50 licences were given out on the first-come-first-serve basis and Bharti, Vodafone and Idea were among the beneficiaries of the policy.

The CBI would go into the documents of the companies who have been awarded the contracts.

Shourie said that he would be handing over some documents to the CBI during his appearance before the agency on February 21.

The Supreme Court had on December 16 last year directed the agency to widen its investigation to cover the grant of licences by both the NDA and the UPA regimes between 2001-2007 and submit a report.