No crime found in Radia tape case, CBI informed Supreme Court
The CBI counsel told Justice DY Chandrachud that he had examined the tapes of 5,800 conversations, in which no criminal case was made out. In a way, the Central Investigation Agency gave a clean chit to Radia. The top court has now fixed the next hearing of the matter next week.
No offense has been found in the much talked about Radia tapes case. The CBI itself has told this to the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Ratan Tata, the former chairman of Tata Sons, had moved the apex court seeking protection of his right to privacy against the leak of private conversations with former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.
CBI counsel Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that he examined tapes of 5,800 conversations, in which no criminal case is made out. In a way, the Central Investigation Agency gave a clean chit to Radia. The top court has now fixed the next hearing of the matter next week.
Ratan Tata had filed a petition in 2011 that releasing the tapes violated his right to privacy. The matter was last heard in April 2014 and the top court clarified several issues which included the issues of government vs right to privacy, media vs right to privacy and right to information. Tata had sought an inquiry into who had leaked the excerpts of the conversation and the mechanism in place to prevent such indiscriminate invasion of a citizen’s privacy.
Earlier in August 2017, the apex court in a landmark judgment held that privacy is a constitutional right. Nine Supreme Court judges were unanimous in their conclusion, though they cited various reasons for their conclusion.
Let us tell you that more than a decade ago, Niira Radia’s phone conversations with several industrialists, journalists, government officials and other people holding important positions were leaked. There was a lot of political uproar over this and there were allegations of corruption. These allegations were splashed on the industrialists and the government. After the ruckus, Radia Tapes was brought under the scanner.