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CAG nails Raja: 85 licenses ineligible

CAG nails Raja: 85 licenses ineligible

Comptroller & Audit General (CAG) in its report said that 85 of the 122 applicants for 2G licence were ineligible but still were given licences. This constitutes almost 70% of all licences given by A Raja as telecom minister in January 2008. CAG said that the companies used fraudulent means to get access to spectrum.

According to CAG, these ineligible applications fall into three categories: those that are incomplete, those that have wrong information and those that suppressed facts.

Each application is vetted by at least seven officers of DoT, starting with section officer, ADG, director, DDG in the Access Services Cell, followed by approvals by member (technology) and secretary DoT. Further, the licensing system demands that every single licence get the approval of the DoT minister A Raja himself .

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