A former minister is in jail for allegedly making a mockery of policy procedures. Industry captains are accused of subverting the rules to make humungous private gain. In the Supreme Court’s words, the 2008 mobile licence and spectrum allotment scam “puts all other scams to shame” . As the country’s principal investigating agency files charges, ET tap into the mass of information, papers, conversation and orders to filter out the story so far.
A beginner’s introduction to the 2008 mobile licence and 2G spectrum allotment scam
What happened in January 2008?
New licences for mobile services were allotted after a gap of four years. In September 2007, the government, under new telecom minister A Raja, invited applications. The 46 companies that applied included many realestate firms (for example, DB Realty, Unitech, DLF and Parsvnath), global telecom operators (AT&T and Verizon) and telecom ancillary companies (Tulip Telecom).