What will give big relief to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia whose tapes containing her conversations with some of the top class politicians, businessmen, media personality.
Central Bureau of Investigation which is probing into the criminal angle of the case informed the Supreme Court that no criminality has been found after investigation on which top court directed the latter to file a status report on the matter.
Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati who appeared for the probe agency told a three-judge Supreme Court Judges’ Bench which was headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud that petition filed by industrialist Ratan Tata who sought protection of the right to privacy in view of the emergence of the fact that Radia tapes may be disposed of in the light of the right to privacy judgment of the apex court.
The bench, also comprising Justices Hima Kohli and P S Narasimha, said it will hear the matter after the Dussehra vacation as there is a Constitution Bench next week and posted the matter for the next hearing on October 12.
Radia’s phone was tapped for probing alleged tax evasion by the Indian income Tax Departement. The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Radia’s phone on a complaint to the Finance Minister on November 16, 2007, alleging that within nine years she had built up a business empire worth Rs 300 crore.