(Refiles to clarify the minister told reporters, not lawmakers)

NEW DELHI, Feb 23 - India's delayed third-generation mobile spectrum auction is likely to happen during the next financial year beginning in April, Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja told reporters on Tuesday.

For a related Reuters story, see [ID:nSGE61L0F9] (Reporting by Manoj Kumar; editing by Malini Menon)