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CBI tells Supreme Court – Examination of Neera Radia’s tapes found no incriminating elementATN News

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The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by industrialist Ratan Tata, seeking action against those involved in the tape leak.

Neera Radia (Photo Credit: Twitter/Muhammad Zubair)

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that the examination of tapes of Neera Radia’s conversations with some politicians, businessmen, media persons and others lobbying for corporate houses has yielded no evidence. No criminal element has been found.

Taking note of these arguments of the CBI, the court directed it to submit a status report in the matter.

Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhatti told a three-judge bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud that the petition filed by industrialist Ratan Tata, seeking privacy after the radio tapes came to light. Protection of the right was sought, should be referred to above. The court may deal with the decision taking into account the right to privacy.

The bench also includes Justice Hema Kohli and Justice PS Narasimha.

Ratan Tata’s plea sought protection of the right to privacy in the wake of the revelation of Radia’s tapes.

Bhati said, ‘I want to inform you that the CBI was ordered by your Lordship to investigate all these conversations. 14 A preliminary investigation has been carried out and the report has been placed before you in a sealed envelope. No criminal element was found in them. Also, there are guidelines about phone tapping.

The ASG said that after the decision on right to privacy, there is nothing left in the matter.

The Supreme Court said it will hear the matter after the Dussehra vacation as the Constitution Bench is scheduled to sit next week.

“In the meantime, the CBI may update the status report and submit it,” the bench said.

Along with this, the court has fixed the date of October 12 for the next hearing of the case. The counsel appearing for Tata sought an adjournment as soon as the hearing began.

Notably, in 2017, the Supreme Court in its order in the Justice (Retd) KS Pottaswamy case said that privacy is a constitutionally protected right.

The petitioner’s counsel informed the court that the NGO Center for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) had also filed a petition, demanding that the conversations on the tapes be made public in the larger public interest. should be done

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for CPIL, argued that Radia lobbied for two of the most important companies and during that time attempts to influence people in public life were exposed.

In 2013, the Supreme Court had directed a CBI probe into six issues arising from the analysis of taped conversations of corporate lobbyist Neera Radia.

The apex court had said, “Radia’s communication reflects the deep maneuvering of private entities in connivance with government officials to serve ulterior motives.”

The Supreme Court was hearing Tata’s petition seeking action against those involved in the tape leak. The petition alleged that this was a violation of their fundamental right to life, which includes the right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution.

They had argued that as a corporate lobbyist, Radia’s phone was tapped to investigate alleged tax evasion and the tape could not be used for any other purpose.

The conversation was recorded as part of the monitoring of Radia’s phone, as a complaint was filed against him on November 16, 2017, to the then finance minister, alleging that he had cheated the 9-year-old. Built a business empire worth Rs 300 crore inside.

The government had recorded 180 days of Radia’s conversations, first for 60 days from 20 August 2008 and then for 60 days from 19 October. Later on 11 May 2009, after a fresh order, Radia’s phone was again monitored for 60 days.

(with input from news agency language)

Categories: India

Tagged as: Article 21, CBI, Center for Public Interest Litigation, CPIL, News, Niira Radia, Niira Radia Tapes, Prashant Bhushan, Radia Tape, Ratan Tata, Right to Privacy, Supreme Court, The Wire


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