CBDT inquiring into alleged leak of tapes: Chidambaram

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 17:59

New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram
on Tuesday said the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is
inquiring into alleged leak of tapes of telephone
conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and
politicians, journalists and industrialists.

"We have not ordered an inquiry. The CBDT is inquiring
into the matter...It was the CBDT which had ordered the
interceptions and it is looking into the alleged leakage of
the tapes," he told a press conference here.

The CBDT had conducted the phone tappings over a period
of time for which the sanction was given by the Home Ministry.

The secret tapes had come into the public domain
recently after certain media groups published transcripts of
the same.

As per the CBI, which is probing the alleged 2G spectrum
scam, it was examining transcripts relating to 5,000 calls.

Nearly 104 tapping records are out in the market, official
sources had said.

Tata group chief Ratan Tata, in the petition before the
Supreme Court yesterday, has contended that the leakage of the
tapes have infringed upon his fundamental Right to Privacy.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 17:59

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