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Ratan Tata moves SC against leakage of Radia tapes

New Delhi: Tata group chief Ratan Tata today approached the Supreme Court seeking action against those involved in the leakage of tapes containing his conversation with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia, reports PTI.

Mr Tata, in the petition, has contended that the leakage of the tapes have infringed upon his fundamental right to life, which includes right to privacy. He has made the central government a party in his petition.

Some of the conversation between Mr Tata and Ms Radia, whose public relations firms were engaged by the group, relate to personal details that could no way be part of investigation, Mr Tata is expected to argue in the petition.

Mr Tata has sought a direction for fixing the responsibility for the alleged leakage of the tapes.

In the wake of second generation (2G) spectrum allocation scam allegedly involving Rs1.76 lakh crore, some journals have published taped conversation Ms Radia had with politicians, journalists and industrialists.

Transcripts of some of these tapes have also come up on various websites, stirring a controversy over the alleged nexus between lobbyists and journalists.

Mr Tata has made the Union home secretary, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the income tax department, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and Department of Information Technology as respondents in the petition.

Meanwhile, sources said that senior advocate Harish Salve will appear for Mr Tata in the apex court.

The industrialist, in his petition, submitted that the conversation was recorded by the government and "we have no quarrel with the government".

He further contended that the government owns the responsibility of maintaining privacy of a citizen.

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