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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today directed that the original tapes of the conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and corporate leaders, politicians, journalists and others pertaining to the 2G spectrum allocation case be handed over to it in a sealed cover.
“We direct that the original records and tapes/CDs be submitted in a sealed cover after preparing the copies. It will be kept in the lockers of the Supreme Court registry and if required, it will be considered for its use,” the court said.
The direction was given by judges G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly after the government submitted that it has no objection in handing over the complete set of tapes, in the context of apprehensions that the tapes might be destroyed, PTI reports.
Solicitor general Gopal Subramanium said that he had received instructions that there was no objection in handing over the tapes and that the court could give directions to preserve them in whatever way it thought best.
Yesterday, the apex court asked the government to respond to the plea for preserving the Radia tapes. The judges asked the solicitor general to take instructions from the authorities on this plea by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), which has petitioned the court on the 2G spectrum allocation case.
Prashant Bhushan, the advocate who is representing CPIL in the matter, said that the tapes exposed a nexus between politicians, bureaucrats, industrialists and journalists and the judges responded to the description of the tapes saying, the “pollution” is “mind-boggling”.