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Radia tapes case: Top court issues notice to centre, CBI

A bench comprising of justice GS Singhvi and justice V Gopala Gowda also asked Ratan Tata to file his reply within a week. Centre for public interest litigation (CPIL) had moved an application which referred to a purported letter written by the investigating officer to the SFIO director saying that cases of serious corporate fraud were allegedly brought out against some business houses which needs to be probed.

CPIL alleged that these cases are different from the issues framed by the SC which had directed CBI probe into the telephone conversations of Niira Radia with others which were found to have elements of criminality in them by CBI after going through the transcripts of Radia tapes.

The CPIL application said that because of the orders being passed by the apex court in the PIL on Radia tapes, the government agencies after several years of interception had become active and SFIO, ministry of corporate affairs had constituted a team to initiate an investigation into certain issues. It said that the probe was originally initiated by the registrar of companies (RoC) on whose report to the ministry of corporate affairs, an SFIO inquiry was ordered and SFIO found irregularities in various transactions. The NGO said that SFIO have thoroughly investigated and has recommended action against top corporates to the government of India several months back and yet no action has been taken.

‘Thus it is clear that an attempt is being made to scuttle investigations arising out of or involving the intercepted conversations of Niira Radia’s telephones in order to save top corporate groups. Only strong directions from this court coupled with the disclosure of the transcribed conversations can lead to the guilty being brought to book,’ alleged the application seeking direction from the court.
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