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SC Dismisses Plea to Cancel Reliance Jio's 4G Licence

The Supreme Court has dismissed a plea by Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) seeking cancellation of Reliance Jio's 4G licence on several grounds.

A bench comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur, Justice R Banumathi and Justice AK Sikri while dismissing the plea by CPIL left the matter on spectrum user charges to the government.

The PIL, which was filed in 2014 through advocate Prashant Bhushan, had 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.

The central government cleared the liberalization of spectrum this week - allocated without auction to telecom firms - at TRAI's recommended price with the balance being collected after deriving market rate through bidding.

The government's decision taken will allow Reliance Communications (RCom) to liberalize its spectrum in four telecom circles, where auction determined price is not available, for Rs. 1,300 crores.

A liberalized spectrum permits telecom firms to utilize any technology to deliver mobile services like 3G and 4G. Besides, they will be able to introduce new technologies and share and trade it with other operators for its efficient use.