2G Spectrum: SC poser on Home Secretary`s statement

The Supreme Court on Wednesday wanted to know whether there was any substance in the reported statement of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai that what has come into public domain from the Niira Radia tape was a "tip of the iceberg".

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 19:24 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday wanted to know whether there was any substance in the reported statement of Union Home Secretary G K Pillai that what has come into public domain from the Niira Radia tape in connection with 2G spectrum was a "tip of the iceberg".
"We don`t know whether it is true or not or whether he
has given an interview at all," a bench comprising Justices G
S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said during the hearing of the
petition seeking monitoring of the investigation into the case
by the apx court.

"Do we assume that CBI has already transcribed all the
tapes" the bench said referring to the interviews of Pillai
published in newpapers.

"According to the report, it is reported that it is
the tip of the iceberg and lot many things will come out," the
Bench said.

The Bench said the senior government officer in the
report says that "only juicy conversation made has come
out. Other substance are still to come out".

"Pillai has made statement or not?" the Bench said and
added "it has become fashion also that a very senior officer
gives interviews thinking it to be in public interest".
CBI, during the earlier hearing, had told the Bench
that it has the taped conversations between corporate lobbyist
Niira Radia and others of around 5,800 conversations.

It had said it has prepared the transcripts of only
3,000 conversations.

When the Bench was making remarks, Solicitor General
Gopal Subramanium said "somebody has to go into the veracity
of these conversations".

At this point, advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing
for the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation which has
submitted copies of the tapped conversations, said "nobody
has doubted the veracity of the conversation".

PTI