SC orders Radia tapes probe – Prima facie, influential persons indulged in corruption: Court

Niira Radia

New Delhi, Oct. 17: The Supreme Court today directed the CBI to probe certain conversations in the Niira Radia tapes, saying “prima facie” it was “of the view that influential persons have indulged in corrupt practices for private gains”.

“After scrutinising the transcripts and various other aspects, we are prima facie of the view that there is a deep-rooted malice by private enterprises to act in connivance with government officials and Niira Radia’s conversations suggest the influential persons have indulged in corrupt practices for private gains and for other extraneous purposes,” a bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and Y. Gopala Gowda said.

“Hence, we direct the CBI to conduct a probe on these issues… and submit a report within two months,” the court added.

The judges ordered a probe into six issues related to the alleged corrupt practices, giving the CBI a list of case numbers from the tapes. The bench did not spell out the issues.

However, it referred one matter, which reportedly pertains to the judiciary, to Chief Justice P. Sathasivam to pass appropriate orders.

It referred another issue to the chief vigilance officer of the mines department.

The bench posted the matter for further hearing on December 16. Justice Singhvi retires on December 12.

The court also expanded the special team of sleuths analysing the transcripts by including 10 more income-tax sub-inspectors. It had formed the team — earlier made up of six officers drawn from the CBI and the income-tax department — this February to scrutinise the voluminous tapes to “find out” whether there was an “element of criminality” in them.

The tapes relate to phone conversations Radia had over 180 days with politicians, industrialists and some mediapersons. They were recorded by the income-tax department between August 2008 and May 2009 as part of a surveillance following a complaint that the corporate lobbyist had established a business worth Rs 300 crore with no known credible source of income.

Today’s order followed apex court hearings over several days, including “in camera” proceedings on August 29 on some aspects of the tapes. Earlier, the bench had said the scrutiny of the tapes had revealed they were not restricted to the 2G controversy but also threw light on different spheres.

On August 22, the court had directed the Centre to place before it minutes of the purported meeting chaired by the then Union home secretary in 2008 where the formal decision to tap Radia’s phone was taken.

The income-tax department later placed transcripts of over 5,800 tapped telephone conversations in sealed envelopes to the court.


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One Response to SC orders Radia tapes probe – Prima facie, influential persons indulged in corruption: Court

  1. Hemen Parekh says:

    Pandora’s Box

    Through an earlier / independent investigation , CBI has already filed a FIR against Naveen Jindal in the Coal Scam
    Last week , CBI followed up with an FIR against Kumar Mangalam Birla
    Anil Ambani and Sunil Mittal have already appeared in Courts , for various alleged “ irregularities “ committed by their companies in connection with 2G / 3G spectrum
    Sahara Chief , Subrata Roy is in trouble with the law ( deep up to his neck ) , in connection with unauthorized collecting – and then not refunding – Rs 20,000 Crores to unsuspecting rural folks ( who cannot , even be traced , for want of proper addresses ! )
    Then there are any number of minor minions who are already behind bars or about to go
    Now , Supreme Court has asked CBI to investigate 5,800 telephone conversations of lobbyist Niira Radia , and report if there were collusions between some industrialists / businessmen / government officers / politicians etc , for grant of illegitimate favors
    By the time CBI gets done , there is no doubt , dozens of skeletons will start tumbling out of the Corporate Cabinets – apart from several State and the Central Cabinet !
    Till 2014 elections , expect at least one FIR every month , against some or other eminent / well-respected industrialist !
    Enough “ Corporate Fodder “ for BJP to “ fire-up “ the debates in the winter session of the Lok Sabha .

    No one will even talk of Lalu’s Fodder – Scam !

    Corporate India ,

    Your Pandora’s Box is wide open

    • hemen parekh ( 22 Oct 2013 )

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