The Supreme Court on Thursday began in-camera proceedings in the lobbyist Niira Radia phone tapping case for knowing the Centre’s stand and perusing “top-secret” documents, which formed the basis for interception of her calls.

A bench of justices G.S. Singhvi and V. Gopala Gowda had on August 27 decided to hold in-camera proceedings barring lawyers, other than government counsel and its officers including from CBI and Income Tax Department, and media persons from the hearing.

Thursday’s in-camera proceedings will be confined to the bench perusing the government’s confidential report and the Centre’s submission on the issue.

The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Ms. Radia’s phone on a complaint to the Finance Minister on November 16, 2007, alleging that within a span of nine years she had built up a business empire worth crores.

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