The conversations were recorded as part of the surveillance ordered by the directorate general of Income Tax on a complaint alleging that Ms Radia had within a span of nine years built up a business empire worth Rs300 crore
New Delhi: The Indian government on Thursday filed a report in the Supreme Court saying it has been unable to find the source which leaked the tapes containing the conversation between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others, including Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, reports PTI.
“In a nutshell, the report says it is difficult to find by which source it was leaked,” a bench comprising justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhaya said, after perusing the report filed in a sealed envelope.
The bench further said, “Regarding the source which leaked the tapes, they have been unable to find it.”
The second report by the government on its probe into the leakage of the recorded conversation was filed during the hearing of the petition filed by Ratan Tata seeking inquiry into the incident which he alleged was in violation of his fundamental right to privacy.
The conversations were recorded by the government as part of the surveillance ordered by the directorate general of Income Tax (Investigation) following a complaint on 16 November 2007, alleging that Ms Radia had within a span of nine years built up a business empire worth Rs300 crore.
The government had recorded 180 days of Ms Radia’s conversations—first from 20 August 2008 onwards for 60 days and then from 19 October 2008 for another 60 days. Later on 11 May 2009, her phone was again put on surveillance for another 60 days following a fresh order given on 8 May 2009.
Parliament has been in turmoil since Tuesday, with members of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party demanding resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh
New Delhi: Asserting that it has nothing to hide, the Indian government on Thursday said it was prepared to discuss threadbare the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General of India) report on coal block allocation in the Parliament and reply to the issues raised by the opposition, reports PTI.
“The government is already prepared to discuss anything they want. The prime minister has already said that. We are prepared to discuss the issues threadbare,” home minister Shushil Kumar Shinde told reporters outside the Parliament House.
Law minister Salman Khurshid expressed the hope that the opposition will join in ensuring proper functioning of Parliament.
“We want to give a reply to both the opposition and the country. We have nothing to hide,” Mr Khurshid said.
Parliament has been in turmoil since Tuesday, 21st August, with members of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanding resignation of prime minister Manmohan Singh over the CAG’s findings on the issue of extension of undue benefits to the tune of Rs1.86 lakh crore in allocation of coal blocks.
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