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Supreme Court directs IT department to transcribe tapped Nira Radia conversations

September 6, 2012 - New Delhi

The Supreme Court of India directed the Income Tax (IT) department to transcribe the 5800 telephone conversations of corporate lobbyist Nira Radia that were intercepted. The court has given a time frame of two months for the IT department to get the entire conversations transcribed and to submit them to the court.

The court said that some of the conversations concern national security. The IT department has tapped the telephone conversations of Radia in question, while it was probing the charges of illegal amassing of wealth.

A Bench of justices GS Singhvi and SJ Mukhopadhaya, hearing a petition filed by Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata, expressed their unhappiness that the transcripts provided by the IT department to the CBI were not transcribed even as the entire probe is based on the analysis of the transcript. The court has pulled up the IT department for not preparing the transcript in such a serious matter.

Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval earlier told the court that the transcript of the entire 5800 conversations were not done.

The Court has earlier pulled up the government for its report on Nira Radia conversation leak on August 29.

Andhra News

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