No crime found in Niira Radia’s intercepted conversations: CBI

Author: Yuvi September 21, 2022

No crime found in Niira Radia's intercepted conversations: CBI


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that no criminality has been found after investigating the intercepted conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with some politicians, businessmen, media persons and others.

Taking cognizance of the arguments of the probe agency, the top court directed to file a status report on the matter.

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, appearing for the CBI, also told a three-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that the petition filed by industrialist Ratan Tata for protection of the right to privacy in the wake of Radia tapes emergence be disposed of. could. In light of the Supreme Court’s decision on Right to Privacy.

“I must inform you that the CBI was directed by your lordship to investigate all these conversations. Fourteen preliminary inquiries were recorded and the report was placed before your possession in a sealed cover. No criminality was found in them. Also, now there are phone-tapping guidelines,” Bhati said.

The law officer said that nothing is left in the case after the secrecy verdict.

A bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice PS Narasimha said it will hear the matter after the Dussehra holiday as there is a Constitution Bench next week.

“In the meantime, the CBI may file an updated status report,” the bench said, and posted the matter for further hearing on October 12.

Initially, the counsel appearing for Tata sought an adjournment.

The petitioner’s counsel informed the apex court that there is another petition filed by the NGO Center for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), seeking that these tapes be made public in the larger public interest.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for CPIL, submitted that Radia was a corporate lobbyist for two most important companies and efforts were made to influence public etc., which came to the fore.

In 2013, the top court had directed a CBI probe into six issues arising out of the analysis of taped conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia. The top court had said, “Radia’s talks reveal deep hatred by private enterprises in connivance with government officials for external purposes.”

The top court was hearing Tata’s plea seeking action against those involved in the leak of the tapes, alleging that it violated their fundamental right to life, which included Article 21 of the Constitution. includes the right to privacy.

He had argued that as a corporate lobbyist, Radia’s phone was tapped to investigate alleged tax evasion and the tapes cannot be used for any other purpose.

The conversation, as part of Radia’s phone surveillance, was recorded on a complaint to the Finance Minister on November 16, 2007, alleging that within nine years he had built a business empire of Rs 300 crore.

The government had recorded Radia’s 180-day conversations, first for 60 days from 20 August 2008 and then for 60 days from 19 October. Later, on May 11, 2009, after a fresh order, his phone was again put under surveillance for 60 days.

21 September, 2022, 4:38 pm

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