Arun Shourie, communications minister in the NDA government who had approved granting six licences to Aircel, sent the file to the new man in the hot seat - Maran.
But Maran, who also got a request from Aircel for another circle, sat on the files asking various questions which included change in the equity structure of the company.
The file was sent back to government officers and went to and fro. It was then Siva realised, according to sources, that his ambition to become a pan-Indian player was going to end.
A report by the Justice Shivraj Patil committee, set up by Communication Minister Kapil Sibal, also opened up the issue once again.
The report, submitted earlier this year, said Maran had deliberately delayed allocation of spectrum to Aircel in 2005.
"The Telecom Minister (Maran) kept putting up queries and causing delays that could also result in spectrum wastage," the report said.
It also pointed out that Aircel had only two telecom licences until 2004.
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