CBI sources said the agency has thoroughly checked all the tapes but did not find any material evidence on the basis of which a regular case can be registered in any of the 14 preliminary enquiries.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not yet found any element of criminality in the 14 preliminary enquiries instituted on the directions of the Supreme Court to probe the issues pertaining to the conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others.

Based on the findings, the agency may recommend closure of the preliminary enquiries. Among the first set of inquiries set up by the CBI was the one pertaining to Ms. Radia’s conversations with a former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman on his appointment as the head of Pipeline Advisory Committee.

Another inquiry had been initiated into alleged discrepancies in the subscriber database declared by Reliance Communications to the Bombay Stock Exchange and TRAI and two others were against Ms. Radia and unknown BHEL officials for purported payment of commission for clearance of bills; and into grant of spectrum to Unitech.

The other preliminary enquiries instituted later were on issues such as procurement of low-floor buses by the Tamil Nadu Government under JNNURM scheme of the Central Government; alleged misconduct in allotment of iron-ore mines to Tata Steel; and some surveys and raids conducted by the Income Tax Department.

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