Radia tapes: SC orders CBI probe into six issues
The SC on Thursday ordered the CBI to probe into the telephone conversations of Niira Radia with others which were found to have elements of criminality in them after the investigating agency went through the transcripts. On the CBI radar will be at least 14 such conversations. The matter will be heard in December again.
Radia’s phones were tapped as part of an IT investigation and had created a storm when some parts of the conversations was leaked to the media. The leaked tapes showed Radia talking to prominent politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and top journalists of the country. Radia is also a witness in the 2G scam case in which former telecom minister A Raja is one of the accused.
Earlier, the court had said the scrutiny of call details reflect issues concerning national security after perusing the confidential reports of the committee, formed by it to go through the transcripts of tapped conversations. The court said that the telephonic conversations between Radia and others prima facie revealed deep-rooted malice and suggested corrupt means were being adopted by private parties to extract gains. The court said prima facie there appears to be a collusion between government officials and private parties.
The court ordered the CBI to probe into six issues relating to corrupt practices adopted for private gains. It, however, did not elaborate on the issues.