2G: Jailed DMK leader Raja to fight for 122 banned telecos

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New Delhi, Feb 15: A Raja, the former Telecom Minister and DMK leader, is likely to file a review petition in the Supreme Court over its judgment to cancel 2G licenses of 122 telecom companies.

Sources from both DMK and Congress on Wednesday, Feb 15 informed that Raja may file the petition in the next two-three days. Raja may file the petition in the Supreme Court as he feels that cancelling of 2G license of 122 telecom companies may have a major impact on the criminal case against him pending in a special CBI court.

Raja, the main accused in the whole 2G spectrum scam, was arrested and sent to judicial custody on Feb 2, 2011. Perhaps, he was the first minister to virtually walk into jail straight from office, thus injecting an indisputable fear of punishment or at least imprisonment, even though for a while for those who indulge in corruption.

Here it can be recalled that the apex court recently pronounced its judgement on the cancellation of the 2G licenses and has ordered that all 122 2G licenses granted to 11 telecom firms post Jan 10, 2008 have been quashed. These telecom companies will have to seek fresh recommendations. The 2G licenses will now have to be auctioned as is the norm.

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