New Delhi, Aug 8 (ANI): Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday said the Union Cabinet would take a final decision on when to approach the Supreme Court to seek the extension of deadline to complete auction of 2G airwaves.
Khurshid said the Empowered Group of Ministers took certain decisions and those decisions will be communicated to the Cabinet.
The final call will come from the Cabinet on this. And therefore, I don't think I would be in a position to actually specify and specifically indicate to you what the decision was and in what manner it will be implemented. Let it go to the Cabinet, as necessary what needs to be done will be done, he said.
Khurshid said this issue is being referred to the Cabinet because it is an extremely sensitive matter of public importance.
The Cabinet does not take call on which day and etc., but the broad issue obviously has to go to the Cabinet because it was agreed that many of these decisions have to go back to the Cabinet. Because this has been an extremely sensitive matter of public importance, it was agreed that many of these issues will be referred back to the Cabinet perhaps for information, perhaps for final call on it, he said.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal earlier on Tuesday said that the government approach the Supreme Court to seek the extension of August 31 deadline to complete auction of 2G airwaves.
Auctioneer has given us schedule...we will approach the Supreme Court to place before them the fact what government has done. Also, place before them that in terms of this schedule, it is not possible to conduct auction by August 31,he told mediapersons after the Empowered Group of Ministers meet.
Sibal further said the government would file an interim application before the apex court requesting it to consider the facts as stated in the application.
The Supreme Court, which cancelled 122 telecom licences in February, had asked the government to complete the 2G spectrum auction by August 31 and extended the validity of quashed licences till September 7. (ANI)