TTSL beneficiary of procedual lapses in 2001 to get BSL: Panel

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New Delhi, Feb 10 (PTI) Several extensions for compliancewith terms of Letter of Intent (LoI) in absence of enablingprovisions in the guidelines may have benefitted Tata Groupfirm Tata Teleservices (TTSL) in 2001 to get Basic ServicesLicence in various circles, says the one-man committee report.

The report, which was made public today, said, "...timewas extended time and again for several months for TTSL forgrant of BSLs in Maharashtra, Haryana, Kerala, Punjab andRajasthan service areas for compliance with LoI."

The Shivraj V Patil report went into the lapses duringthe allocation of the 2G Spectrum.

The report, presented to Telecom Minister Kapil Siballast week, said all decisions on spectrum allocation since2003, that includes NDA regime, were procedurally wrong.

The report said the extension of time in absence of anyenabling provision in the guidelines could lead to arbitraryexercise of power and favouritism subjectively.

The report has named several DoT officials.

It said the (TTSL) decision was on the basis of note putby ADG (BS II) Jeet Singh and was endorsed by the thenDirector (BS II), PK Mittal DDG (BS), RN Goyal Member (P), RRamanathan Member (F) and Shyamal Ghosh Chairman (TelecomCommission), without raising any objection and finally gettingapproved by the Minister.

These identified public officials appear to beresponsible for the lapse in the procedure, the report said.

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