SC seeks AG`s response on making Radia tape public

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 20:46

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought
a response from the Attorney General on a petition seeking
complete disclosure of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia`s
telephonic conversations with various public figures.

A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K
Ganguly asked the Attorney General G E Vahanvati to file his
response within two weeks and posted the matter for hearing on
March 8.

The tapes reportedly include her conversations with
ministers and corporate czars, which were recorded by the
government in 2008-09.
The plea for disclosure of the entire content of Radia
tapes was made by an NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation
(CPIL), which in its petition named, besides former Telecom
Minister A Raja and Tata conglomerate chief Ratan Tata,
various politicians, ministers, bureaucrats and journalists as
being only a phone call away from her.

The others whom the petitioner named as having had
conversations with Radia included former Prime Minister Atal
Bihari Vajpayee`s foster son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya, Tamil
Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi`s wife Rajathi Ammal, his
daughter Kanimozhi, and senior journalists Vir Sanghvi and
Barkha Dutt.
The government had ordered taping of Radia`s
telephonic conversations following a complaint to the Finance
Ministry that she had built up a business empire worth Rs 300
crore within a short span. The complaint also alleged she was
an agent of foreign intelligence agencies and was indulging in
anti-national activities.

Pleading for making all 5800 conversations public, the
NGO contended it would "reveal the way the Indian government
is run by selling national interests for corporate greed and
sacrificing long-term public interests for private lucre."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 20:46

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