Raja tape issue: Delhi HC issues notices to media house

The Delhi High Court today did not stay a media house from telecasting and publishing tapes and script of the purported conversation between Telecom Minister A Raja and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 21:05 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today did
not stay a media house from telecasting and publishing tapes
and script of the purported conversation between Telecom
Minister A Raja and corporate lobbyist Niira Radia but issued
notices on the suit for injunction and damages.

Justice V K Shali issued notice to the TV Today Group,
which runs English news channel `Headlines Today` and
publishes the daily `Mail Today`, asking it to reply to the
suit filed by Radia seeking damages for broadcasting and
publishing allegedly defamatory contents.

The application for injunction has been posted for
further hearing on May 17. The suit was filed on the ground of
invasion of privacy among other things.

The script related to the purported conversation between
Raja and Radia last year in which the Minister is allegedly
soliciting her help in ensuring a "good" portfolio for him.
The public relations firm run by Radia has denied the
allegations.

After the first report linking Radia with Raja
appeared in a newspaper last week, Parliament was rocked by
opposition demand for resignation of the minister probing the
nexus between him and the corporate lobbyist.

PTI