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SC notice to Amar Singh on revealing taped conversation

Last Updated: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 20:26

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought a
response from former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and the
central government on a petition seeking to vacate the stay
on the publication and broadcast of his taped telephonic
conversations.
A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked
Singh and the government to file their responses on the plea
by an NGO Centre For Public Interest Litigation seeking the
court`s direction to vacate the gag order which was ordered by
former Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal in 2006.

The bench passed the order after allowing the NGO plea
to be impleaded in the case in larger public interest.

The NGO, while pleading removal of the gag order,
contended the way of recording such conversations may not be
proper but if the conversations revealed illegal and shady
deals then it was in public interest to expose these.

The court, after a brief hearing, adjourned the case for
February 1.
Terming the unauthorised tapping of telephone of any
person as a "very serious matter affecting the privacy of an
individual", the apex court had on February 27, 2006, passed
the stay order against the media from publication and telecast
of contents of tapped conversations.

The court had also issued notices to eight telephone
companies, both in government and private sector, to make them
as parties to a petition by Amar Singh, raising the issue of
tapping of his phone "illegally" on two forged letters of
Delhi government Home Secretary and a Joint Commissioner
(Crime), Delhi Police.

PTI

First Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 20:26

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