SC Reserves PIL Order Challenging 4G License Grant to Reliance Jio

Supreme Court reserved order on PIL challenging the grant of 4G license to Reliance Jio on Tuesday.

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Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL). (Photo: PTI)

Supreme Court reserved order on PIL challenging the grant of 4G license to Reliance Jio on Tuesday. Supreme Court is seeking reply from government on PIL challenging grant of 4G license to Reliance Jio, asking it to file written submission within a week.

The Supreme Court was scheduled today to hear a PIL filed by an NGO challenging grant of 4G licences to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL).

A bench of Justices T S Thakur and Kurian Joseph fixed January 12 as the date after advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for petitioner NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), had said he would require time to make his submissions.

During the brief hearing, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told the bench that this case was different from the 2G case.

The apex court had earlier issued notice to the Centre, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and RJIL on the petition of CPIL challenging the government’s decision to allow Mukesh Ambani’s company to offer voice services on its 4G spectrum.

The PIL, filed through Bhushan, had also sought quashing of the permission granted by the government to Reliance for providing voice telephony on Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum and pitched for a court-monitored CBI investigation in the alleged Rs 40,000 crore scam.

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