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Radia tape case: Supreme Court says investigators sidelined serious matters

The apex court questioned why no action was taken when it was clear in 2009 that all types of things, including cross-border transactions were prima facie discussed in the taped conversations of Niira Radia

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up government agencies for not taking action based on taped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with top politicians, businessmen and others which show various serious matters like cross-border transactions.

 

The apex court said that the conversations pertain to multiple issues that were sidelined by the government agencies, which entirely focused on those portions that pertained to 2G scam.

 

The SC said that the conversations are much more than 2G issue and not confined only to the telecom sector and contain information about trans-border transactions, somebody taking over a company and other serious issues.

 

On the contents of the conversations, a bench justices GS Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda said that they indicate presence of middlemen in every government department.

 

'Virtually in every government field, private persons- you call them liasoning officers or middlemen- are present in every nook and corner,' it said.

 

Last week, the apex court pulled up Income Tax (I-T) department and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for not taking action on information gathered from tapped phone conversations of Niira Radia with corporate honchos, politicians and others.

 

The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Radia’s phone on a complaint to the Finance Minister on 16 November 2007 alleging that within a span of nine years she had built up a business empire worth Rs300 crore.

 

The government had recorded 180 days of Radia’s conversations – first from 20 August 2008 onwards for 60 days and then from 19th October 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 8th May.

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