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Indian panel for refunding fee paid by telcos in 2008-sources

NEW DELHI, Oct 8 (Reuters) - An Indian ministerial panelrecommended that the fees paid in 2008 by those telecomoperators set to lose their permits after a Supreme Court orderbe adjusted against the price in an upcoming auction or berefunded, senior government officials said.

However, this would be possible only for those companiesagainst whom there is no "criminal liability", officials whodeclined to be named said.

India's Supreme Court has ordered cancellation of all thepermits granted in a tainted 2008 sale and asked the governmentto redistribute airwaves through an open auction. It would bethe last chance for eight carriers, including Idea Cellular Ltd

and Telenor's India unit, to win back theirlost permits.

(Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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Keywords: TELECOM INDIA/REFUND