Radia Tapes Controversy: CBI tells Court – No criminality in 5800 records of Radia Tapes case
New Delhi : The CBI told the Supreme Court that during the investigation no criminal case was found in the Radia tapes case. 5800 tapes of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s conversations with some political leaders, industrialists, media persons and others have been unearthed. CBI gives clean chit to Radia: Supreme Court, taking cognizance of this affidavit of the central probe agency, has asked to file a status report on this decade-old case. The next hearing in this case will be on October 12.
Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati told a three-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud on Wednesday that industrialist Ratan Tata’s petition for right to privacy is also likely to be disposed of as these talks have been taken up. No criminal information was found in the tapes. , Bhati said the court had asked the CBI to examine all these tapes. 14 Preliminary inquiry was registered and its report was submitted to the court in a sealed cover. No criminal case was found in this report. Now a new guideline for phone tapping has also come.
The law officer said that nothing has been found in this case after the decision on privacy. Tata’s lawyer had appealed to quash the case. The counsel for the petitioner submitted that an NGO has filed a CPIL and requested to make public these transcripts of the conversation in the larger public interest. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for CPIL, submitted that Radia has been a corporate lobbyist of two important companies and she is trying to influence the people belonging to the public.