Administrative Allocation of Spectrum Post 2G Verdict

  • 25 Apr 2024

On 22nd April 2024, the government has applied to assign spectrum through administrative processes for certain categories, diverging from auction mandates, more than a decade after the 2G spectrum scam.

Key Points

  • Shift from Auctions: The move seeks to depart from auction-based allocation mandated by the Supreme Court post the 2G spectrum scam.
  • Plea for Urgent Listing: Attorney General urged Chief Justice for prompt listing of the application amid legal proceedings.
  • Delhi High Court Development: The development follows Delhi HC's admission of CBI's appeal against A Raja's acquittal in the 2G case.
  • Origin of the Scam: The 2G spectrum scam arose in 2008 when 122 licenses were allegedly sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Legal and Policy Framework: The Telecommunications Act of 2023 allows spectrum allocation via administrative processes, targeting specific entities and purposes.
  • Government's Justification: Administrative allocation is advocated for scenarios where auction may not be optimal, considering technical, economic, or public interest factors.
  • Presidential Reference Context: The government cites a 2012 Presidential reference, highlighting the flexibility of auction mandates for natural resource allocation.