Supreme Court rejects Idea plea to delay auction

24 Feb 2015

India’s Supreme Court has refused a plea from Idea Cellular to postpone the upcoming spectrum auction from 4 March, Live Mint reports. The cellco had urged the court to delay the sale by a week, arguing that there would be greater clarity on certain aspects of the tender by then, which would be in the interest of all industry stakeholders. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has requested that the apex court reject or delay any requests to stay the auction. The auction has been widely criticised, and has faced opposition or alteration by several High Courts throughout India. However, the Supreme Court has directed all High Courts not to interfere with the spectrum auction rules, after one body granted Airtel and Reliance Communications (RCOM) to bid for a smaller spectrum block than allowed by the tender rules.