New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL)
today tendered a "profuse apology" to Home Minister P
Chidambaram for remarks by one of its staff purportedly
suggesting he was a beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam.
Responding to a legal notice from Chidambaram, RIL Group
President V Balasubramanian said in a letter to the Home
Minister`s lawyer stating that one of its employees K R Raja
had in a private telephonic conversation with lobbyist Niira
Radia "made certain remarks which were unjustified,
unwarranted and derogatory in nature".
Subramanian said that Raja had been severely reprimanded
for his "irresponsible and baseless statement". As a corporate
entity RIL tendered its "profuse apology" and regretted the
Raja, in a separate apology, wrote to the Home
Minister`s lawyer that during a "private conversation on
one-to-one basis" with Radia he had made certain remarks
without any basis or justification which were derogatory in
nature relating to Chidambaram.
He, therefore, tendered an "unqualified and profound"
apology for having made the remarks "in the heat of the moment
without realising the implications and without any expectation
of the remarks being recorded or coming in public domain".
Chidambaram`s lawyers had served a notice on Raja
demanding an unconditional apology for a conversation between
him and Radia which was recorded and carried in the media.
The Home Minister said in a statement that the
conversation between Raja and Radia is "reckless and malicious
On the basis of the media reports, the BJP had demanded
Chidambaram`s resignation alleging he was a beneficiary in the