New Delhi: Congress on Monday said the issue
of recorded tapes of conversations between corporate lobbyist
Niira Radia, her clients and some journalists is a "serious
issue" and expressed concern at the ability of the corporate
lobbyists to "subvert national discourse".
"In so far tapes and transcripts that have appeared in
the public space are concerned, we feel it is a very serious
issue, which merits consideration not only for the criminality
of it but more importantly as to what has been and is the role
of Corporate lobbyists and their ability to subvert the
national discourse," party spokesperson Manish Tewari said at
the AICC briefing.
He was responding to questions on the reports that the
CPI-M government in West Bengal had also been dealing with
Niira Radia`s public relations company Vaishnavi Corporate
Reports had it that Vaishnavi has not only been
representing West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation
and the West Bengal government`s information technology
department, but Radia has also been directly interacting with
West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and state
industry minister Nirupam Sen.
The Congress spokesperson said "it is an important
issue and I think it encompasses the entire spectrum of the
Indian public space."
Tewari said "I am sure the government at some point or
even the legislature will seriously address the issue what
appears to be a very pernicious nexus".
Tewari`s remarks came a day when the government
ordered a probe into the leaks of recorded tapes of
conversations between corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, her
clients and certain journalists among others.
The order to initiate a probe into the matter comes on
a day when Tata group chief Ratan Tata approached the Supreme
Court seeking action against those involved in the leakage of
tapes containing his conversation with Radia.
Home Ministry sources said the probe would be
conducted by the Intelligence Bureau and the Central Board for
Direct Taxes (CBDT) and will focus on finding out who leaked
it and how.