Govt places in SC complaint leading to tapping of Radia`s cell

Govt placed before SC a copy of the complaint on basis of which it started tapping corporate lobbyist Niira Radia`s telephonic conversations with a host of people including politicians, corporate leaders and media personalities.

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2011, 21:29 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Wednesday placed before
the Supreme Court a copy of the complaint on basis of which it
started tapping corporate lobbyist Niira Radia`s telephonic
conversations with a host of people including politicians,
corporate leaders and media personalities.

The copy of the complaint in sealed cover was placed
before a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly
by the Attorney General G E Vahanvati.
The bench said it will go through the complaint during
the next hearing on February 24.

The complaint was produced by the government in
compliance with the December 13 order passed on a petition
filed by Tata group chief Ratan Tata seeking stoppage of
further publication of the leaked conversation between him and
Radia.

In an affidavit, the government had told the apex
court that it had begun tapping Radia`s telephone on a
complaint alleging that she was indulging in anti-national
activities and was acting as spy of foreign intelligence
agencies.
The complaint had alleged that she had built a
business empire of Rs. 300 crore in a short span of nine
years, the affidavit had said.

The government had given the details as to how 180
days of Radia`s conversations were recorded from August 20,
2008 onwards for 60 days and the same was further extended
from October 19 for a period of 60 days. Later on May 8,
2009, a fresh order for putting on surveillance her phone for
60 days was given from May 11.
Tata, in his petition, has argued that making public
his conversation with Radia violated his right to speech
and expression under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.

PTI