Meanwhile, the then commerce and industry minister, Kamal Nath, wrote a letter to Dr Singh on November 3, 2007, in which he expressed "concern on the sudden and alarming developments in the telecom sector" and added that "several prominent international strategic and financial investors have made serious commitments in the telecom sector in India, and it is important that the policies our government follows continue to support growth in the sector and remain fair to all players".
A comprehensive look was required, he said, and the right way was through a group of ministers. It seems that Dr Singh discussed the matter with Mr Raja on November 14, 2007.
The next day, November 15, 2007, Mr Raja wrote to the prime minister that he was no less concerned about India's image than Mr Nath, and all his decisions would be guided by the larger interest of the public, competition and growth of the telecom sector.
It seems Dr Singh wasn't convinced that the policy of handing out spectrum at historical prices was the right thing to do.
Image: Manmohan Singh (C) stands alongside Kamal Nath (R) as he pays his respects at the memorial to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi on October 2, 2011.