CBI begins process to close Radia enquiries
CBI has started the process of closing 14 preliminary enquiries registered by it on the basis of intercepted conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and would inform the Supreme Court about it.
The agency has already closed its enquiry against former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda. The enquiry was initiated on the basis of alleged corruption indicated in the phone calls between him and Radia but it came to light there was no material evidence to convert it into a regular case.
CBI sources said process to close remaining enquiries has also been initiated and soon they will be closed too.
The sources said CBI has thoroughly checked all the tapes but did not find any material evidence on the basis of which a regular case can be registered in any of the 14 preliminary enquiries.
The sources said during the course of enquiry several journalists, executives of Reliance, Unitech and Tata Motors have been examined by the agency.
The apex court bench, headed by Justice G S Singhvi, had ordered CBI to probe 14 issues that were identified by the investigating agency after going through the transcript of the Radia tapes submitted to it by the Income Tax department.
The court has also referred one of the matters to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Department of Mines for investigation and another to the Chief Justice of India.
‘Radia’s conversations reveal deep-rooted malice by private enterprises in connivance with government officials for extraneous purposes,’ the Supreme Court had said.
Using strong words, the court had said the telephonic conversations suggest corrupt means being adopted by private parties to extract gains.