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Employees of Wireless Monitoring Organisation (WMO) check mobile signals before removing a mobile signal booster from a house as they conduct a raid on its unauthorized usage during an inspection drive, at Sewa Nagar in New Delhi.

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A woman talks to her relatives in Srinagar. Mobile phone services on postpaid connections were restored in Kashmir after remaining suspended for 70 days following abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

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People stand in a queue at a telecom office to restore their mobile phones, in Srinagar. Mobile phone services on postpaid connections were restored in Kashmir after remaining suspended for 70 days following abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

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A man talks to his relatives as he walks in Srinagar. Mobile phone services on postpaid connections were restored in Kashmir after remaining suspended for 70 days following abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories.

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A Kashmiri man talks on his cellphone as he crosses the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Postpaid cellphone services were restored in Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown.

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A Kashmiri boatman talks on his cellphone as he sits on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Postpaid cellphone services were restored in Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown.

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Policeman makes a call from his cellphones as he guards a closed market in Srinagar. Postpaid cellphone services were restored in Kashmir on Monday, more than two months after government downgraded the region's semi-autonomy and imposed a security and communications lockdown

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Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad with Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla during the inauguration of India Mobile Congress in New Delhi

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Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurates India Mobile Congress with a remote as Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Vice Chairman of Bharti Enterprises Rakesh Bharti Mittal and Reliance Jio board member Mahendra Nahata look on, in New Delhi

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A resident talks on the phone after authorities in Kashmir restored 19 more telephone exchanges, a month after telephone services were snapped following abrogation of provisions of Article 370, in Srinagar. Landline telephone connections started working in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and press colony in the early hours of Thursday.

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(L-R) Adarsh Nair, chief product officer, Bharti Airtel, Head, content and apps, Sameer Batra, and CEO Airtel DTH Sunil Taldar during the launch of Airtel Xstream, a digital entertainment platform, in New Delhi

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MTNL employees stage a demonstration against over non-payment of their salaries for the past two months, at Sanchar Bhawan, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister of Law & Justice and Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad with Secretary, Law and Justice, Alok Srivastava releases a brochure during the launch of Tele-Law, a mobile application for Para Legal Volunteers (PLV's), in New Delhi.

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A customer signs up at a Reliance Jio store in Delhi

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DMK MP Kanimozhi along her husband G Aravindan after she was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi

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DMK MP Kanimozhi leaving court premises after being acquitted in the 2G scam case, outside Patiala House courts in New Delhi

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Supporters celebrate outside Patiala court after verdict on 2G spectrum case in New Delhi

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Former Telecom minister A Raja celebrates along with his supporters after he was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi

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Former Telecom minister A Raja celebrates along with his supporters after he was acquitted by a special court in the 2G scam case, in New Delhi

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley addresses media on 2G scam verdict at Parliament in New Delhi

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Congress leader Kapil Sibal addresses the media on 2G outside the Parliament House in New Delhi

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Reliance scions Akash and Isha Ambani at the Jio Phone launch

Union Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal climbs a tree to get proper network connectivity for a phone call in Bikaner.

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Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference on the achievements of the Ministry during 3 years of NDA Government, in New Delhi .

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Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad with Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Aruna Sundararajan at a press conference on the achievements of the Ministry during 3 years of NDA Government, in New Delhi.

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(left) Kumar Mangalam Birla; Sunil Sood, Vodafone India

Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani at the Jio launch

A notice outside a shop ­depicts the high demand for the Jio sim

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Customers out to get their free Jio SIM at a Reliance Digital Store

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Union Minister for Communication & IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad with BJP MP Hema Malini to inaguration and Foundation stone laying, Lauching of new services and schemes & distribution benefits to beneficiaries of various programmes during Vikas Parv function in Mathura.

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TRAI chairman Ram Sevak Sharma

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Commuters on a fast train grapple with slow internet

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Ram Sewak Sharma, chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, at his office, in New Delhi .

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Shahrukh Khan takes a selfie with RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his family during the launch of Reliance Jio 4G services in Mumbai.

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Mumbai Police Commissioner Javed Ahmed with bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan during the launch of a helpline by Mumbai traffic police in Mumbai.

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Indians use their mobile phones

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Cell Phone Towers in New Delhi

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Been there Airtel faced opposition for its zero rating platforms

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Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new iPad during the Apple event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, accused in 2G spectrum allocation case, leaves at Patiala House Court, in New Delhi.

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Village Man talking on phone in Manpura Machedi village, Jaipur District of Rajasthan

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Former Telecom Minister A. Raja, accused in 2G spectrum allocation case, arrives at the Patiala House Courts Complex, in New Delhi.

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The NDA govt rejects the SC collegium’s choice of ex-SG Gopal Subramaniam for a seat on the judge’s bench, cites adverse cbi report of his role in 2G scam probe. Legal luminaries deride government move.

Dealmakers Sunil Mittal and Mukesh Ambani at a meeting in Delhi

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Senior BJP Leaders Yashwant Sinha, Gopinath Munde and CPI Leader Gurudas Dasgupta talk to the media on the JPC Report during the ongoing winter session at Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Kapil Sibal and Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology and Shipping, Milind Deora during the ‘India Telecom 2013’, in New Delhi.

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Union Telecom and Law Minister Kapil Sibal addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

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File Photo: In a rare case, the Supreme Court conducted two-hour-long in-camera proceedings in the former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia phone tapping case for knowing the Centre's stand and perusing "top secret" documents which formed the basis for interception of her calls.

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A Raja at Patiala House court on 2G spectrum case in New Delhi.

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Chairman of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, Anil Ambani arrives at the Patiala House Court complex in New Delhi to depose in 2G spectrum allocation case.

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A Raja at Patiala House court on 2G spectrum case in New Delhi.

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An employee reads a telegram message at the Central Telegraph Office in New Delhi.

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Combo image: From left, Former Union Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanomozhi comes out of Patiala House court in New Delhi after a hearing in the case in New Delhi.

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Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, a key prosecution witness in the 2G spectrum allocation scam leaves after appearing at Patiala House court in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with CII President Adi Godrej during the CII Annual General Meeting and National Conference 2013 in New Delhi. Singh virtually rejected BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's demand for his appearance before JPC on 2G, saying the panel should take a call on it even as he asserted that he had nothing to hide.

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2G prosecutor A.K. Ssingh nixed after alleged collusion with accused, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra. And the SC finds ‘criminality’ in some sections of the Radia tapes, wants CBI to ‘segregate’ them.

File photo shows Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra (second right) accused in 2G spectrum allocation case. CBI has removed a public prosecutor from the 2G spectrum case after he was allegedly caught in a taped conversation discussing prosecution strategy with Sanjay Chandra.

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CBI Director A. P. Singh interacts with the media on completing two years tenure in office, at CBI HQ in New Delhi. Three years into the probe, CBI has not arrived at any loss figures in the 2G scam which its outgoing chief A P Singh considers as the "biggest scam" of his tenure.

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Call hanging Cellphone towers

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Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia with Deepak Parekh, Chairperson, High Level Committee on Financing Infrastructure and ICICI Bank CEO & MD, Chanda Kochhar during a press conference at Planning Commission in New Delhi.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy interacts with the media outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi. The Supreme Court said that auction was not the only method for allocating natural resources.

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PC Chacko, Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G Spectrum scam, addressing the press after a meeting of the panel at Parliament Annexe in New Delhi.

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Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal at a press conference in New Delhi.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to media at the Supreme Court in New Delhi after the court rejected his petition seeking investigation into Finance Minister P Chidambaram's alleged role in 2G scam.

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Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal addressing a press conference in New Delhi. In a huge relief to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea for making him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there was no prima facie material against him of any criminal conspiracy or procuring of any pecuniary gain.

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Food or cellphone... What’s the priority?

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Bail, to 2G scam accused ex-telecom minister A. RAJA, by a CBI court, after nearly 15 months in jail. He can’t visit his old ministry, or Tamil Nadu, without approval.

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DMK MP and former Telecom Minister A Raja at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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DMK MP and former Telecom Minister A Raja arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi.

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja being welcomed on his arrival at his residence from Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Raja was released from the jail after a Delhi court granted him bail in the 2G spectrum case.

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Former Indian Telecom Minister A. Raja greets party workers at his official residence in New Delhi after getting released from Tihar Jail on bail.

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Former Telecom Minister A. Raja greets supporters as he leaves in a car after his release from Tihar jail in New Delhi after a Delhi Court let him go on bail.

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Supporters of former Telecom Minister A Raja celebrate with sweets outside Patiala House court in New Delhi after the leader was granted bail in the 2G spectrum case.

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja's wife MA Parameshwari (2nd R) and other family members at Patiala House court in New Delhi after he was granted bail in the 2G spectrum case.

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Former Telecom Minister A Raja leaves from Patiala House court in New Delhi after he was granted bail by a Delhi court in the 2G spectrum case.

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Opposition targeted P Chidambaram in the Lok Sabha over the Aircel-Maxis deal, dubbing it as a "big scam" allegedly involving his son but the Home Minister dismissed the charges as "wild and reckless".

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TV Grab: BJP member Yashwant Sinha speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Sinha raising the issue of the Aircel-Maxis deal that took place in 2006 targeted P Chidambaram, alleging that his son was involved. Sinha alleged that the son of the former Finance Minister got a 5 per cent shares from Maxis.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy at Parliament House in New Delhi during the budget session. A Chennai company filed a defamation case against Swamy for his allegations against P. Chidambaram and his son on investments in Aircel.

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Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal and Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti Airtel, during the launch of India's first 4G service in Kolkata.

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Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid with Attorney General G E Vahanvati and Secretary (Telecommunications) R. Chandrashekhar after attending a meeting with Prime Minister to discuss the fallout of 2G verdict, in New Delhi.

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Union Minister for Communication and IT Kapil Sibal and Norwegian IT Minister Rigmor Aasrud during a meeting in New Delhi. Initiating dialogue at diplomatic level post cancellation of Uninor's 2G licences, the Norway's IT Minister discussed with Sibal the way forward while raising concern over its investments in Indian operations.

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Opposition Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to yoga guru Baba Ramdev during an event against corruption in New Delhi. The court dismissed Swamy's petition plea for trial of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.

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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram leaves in his car, outside his residence in New Delhi. The court dismissed Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking prosecution of Chidambaram in 2G scam.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy while talking to the media outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi after a hearing on his plea to prosecute Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case. The court dismissed Swamy's plea.

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy talks to the media outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi. In a huge relief for Home Minister P Chidambaram, the court dismissed the petition by Swamy seeking to make him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case.

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Court buff A scrappy litigant, Swamy says he’s vindicated

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Supreme justice 2G judge A.K. Ganguly at his farewell function

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Clouded view The 2G verdict casts a shadow on PM and FM

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A shopkeeper opens the shutter of his store where an advertisement for LOOP Mobile is displayed, as he talks on his cellphone in Mumbai. The Supreme Court ordered the government to cancel 122 cellphone licenses granted to companies during an irregular sale of spectrum that has been branded one of the largest scandals in India's history. The license cancellation affects 11 companies, including LOOP.

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A shoeshine man polishes a customer's shoe while talking on a mobile phone on a street in Gauhati. India's top court ordered the government to cancel 122 cellphone licenses granted to companies during an irregular sale of spectrum that has been branded one of the largest scandals in India's history.

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A technician checks a mobile tower in Hyderabad. The Supreme Court ordered the government on to cancel 122 cellphone licenses granted to companies during an irregular sale of spectrum that has been branded one of the largest scandals in India's history.

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Lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan talks to the media outside the Supreme Court, in New Delhi. The Supreme Court ordered the government to cancel 122 cellphone licenses granted to companies during an irregular sale of spectrum that has been branded one of the largest scandals in India's history.

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Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia at Saibaba Temple in Shirdi.

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Union Minister of Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal addresses a press conference in New Delhi after the Supreme Courts verdict on 2G spectrum allocation case. Dismissing the view that the Supreme Court's judgement cancelling 122 2G licences was an indictment, Sibal said the government will move forward on the issue after regulator TRAI make its recommendations.

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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming out of his office at North Block in New Delhi. In a huge embarrassment to the Government and a jolt to the telecom sector, the Supreme Court cancelled 122 2G licences granted during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja declaring it as "illegal" and blamed the government's flawed first-come-first served policy. The bench left it to the trial court to decide on the demand for investigation of the alleged role of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the case and ordered auctioning for the grant of licenses afresh.

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Highlights of the SC's Judgement

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Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to the media outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi. In a major development having implications for the corporate sector, the Supreme Court cancelled the 122 2G spectrum licenses granted by former telecom minister A Raja on the ground that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and unconstitutional" manner. The order came on petitions filed by NGO CPIL and Subramanian Swamy alleging scam in the allocation of spectrum licenses by Raja in January, 2008 during the tenure of UPA-I government, on which the CAG had assumed the presumptive loss of upto Rs 1.76 lakhs.

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