New Delhi: Tata chief Ratan Tata on Thursday
told the Supreme Court that he was not satisfied with the
"lackadaisical approach" of the government in investigating
the leakage of the tapes of telephonic conversation of
corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with him and others.
"There has to be a comprehensive inquiry into it. My
concern is that government is not giving serious consideration
and attention to the issue ," senior advocate Harish Salve
told a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly.
He said the government should have been concerned when
the transcripts of the recorded conversation between Radia and
others were published in the media for the first time on April
28, last year.
"Government should have been extremely concerned on
April 28, 2010 as to how this got in the media and how it was
leaked?" Salve said.
He said that the contents of the CD became public even
before it was annexed with the petition filed by an NGO CPIL
before the apex court.
"The government must have and should have ordered an
inquiry when the trouble started on April 28," he contended.
He also accused the government of preserving all the
contents of the recorded conversation which was intercepted by
the Income Tax department.
He argued that only those tapes should have been
preserved which were the subject matter of the order
pertaining to the interception and the rest should have been
"Something which is not required as per the order is
to be destroyed immediately," he said.
Salve further contended that what has to be preserved
and used by the government agency was the "class of messages"
which must relate to the subject for which the order for
intrerception was given.
He said during the course of interception, all types
of private talk which infringed upon the privacy of the
person should have been destroyed.
"They (agencies) are not entitled to have entire
materials recorded during the course of time," he said.
The court was hearing the petition filed by Tata
seeking to stop any further publication of the contents of the
coversation between Radia and others, including him.
He has also sought thorough inquiry into the leakege
of the tapes.
He has been contending that making public the contents
of his private conversation violates his fundamental right to
privacy, linked to his Right to Life and Liberty under Article
21 of the Constitution.