Govt orders probe into Radia tapes leak

Home Ministry sources said IB & CBDT have been assigned to probe Nira Radia tapes` leak.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: As Ratan Tata moved Supreme Court against the alleged leak of audio tapes about his conversation with PR consultant Nira Radia, the Government on Monday ordered a probe into the incident.

Home Ministry sources told agencies that the Intelligence Bureau and Central Bureau of Direct Taxes have been assigned to probe the Radia tapes` leak.

Tata’s petition, where Union of India is sought to be made a respondent, seeks that responsibilities be fixed on who leaked the tapes -- recorded by the Income Tax authorities in 2008 and 2009 -- that were meant for investigation.

Tapes containing Radia`s conversations with Raja, some industrialists and journalists have surfaced. The tapes were submitted as part of the evidence in a public interest litigation regarding the 2G spectrum row in the Supreme Court, the sources said.

A report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled in parliament Nov 16 had said the 2G spectrum allotment had caused a notional loss of several crores of rupees to the public exchequer.

Radia was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for hours last week over the issue.

-Agencies inputs

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