SC gives 3-month to complete scrutiny of Radia’s transcripts

October 08, 2013 05:59 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 11:10 pm IST - New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted more three months to the court-appointed special team of investigators to complete the scrutiny of transcripts of the intercepted conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with corporates, politicians and others to probe the criminality involved in them.

A bench comprising justices G.S. Singhvi and V. Gopal Gowda said three months time will start from October 17 when it will finalise the composition of the team as 10 more income tax inspectors would be included in it to carry out the task.

The bench, which was provided with the names of five officials, asked the income tax department to provide it with the names of the other inspectors in a sealed envelope by tomorrow so that it could pass the formal order on October 17.

It also made it clear to the probe agencies that there will be no change in the team till the report is submitted and the entire probe would be court-monitored.

The bench said earlier CBI had place before it the report in which it had segregated the issues involving criminality for which the probe was being conducted by it and some of them have to be referred to the state police, Security Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and the Central Vigilance Commission.

The court was told that till now only 25 per cent of the transcription has been scrutinised.

During the last few hearings, the bench had said scrutiny of the tapped conversations of Ms. Radia with influential people has revealed that they were not restricted to 2G spectrum alone and throw light on different spheres.

The apex court, which perused the confidential reports of the committee, had said the scrutiny of call details of Ms. Radia with politicians, corporates and others reflect the issues concerning national security.

The bench would also hear on October 22 the petition filed by former Tata chief Ratan Tata seeking action against those allegedly responsible for the leakage of tape and his plea for Right to Privacy.

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