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SC to hold in-camera trial for Radia tapes case

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 28, 2013
First Published: 02:26 IST(28/8/2013) | Last Updated: 02:35 IST(28/8/2013)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday said it would hold an in-camera hearing to go into the report of a probe committee that inquired into the leak of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s phone tapes to the media.

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A bench headed by justice GS Singhvi decided to have the in-camera hearing after perusing the inquiry report submitted by the government. The hearing would resume on Thursday.

The court’s decision came while it was hearing the petition by former Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata that the leak of Niira Radia tapes violated his right to privacy. While Tata sought an inquiry as to who leaked the tapes to the media, NGO CPIL is asking that these tapes should be put in the public domain.

While admitting the leak has taken place, additional solicitor general LN Rao said it could not have taken place at the income tax department’s end.

As Rao told the court that there was no leak by the telecom service provider, Tata’s counsel senior advocate Harish Salve said that he was not interested in who had not leaked but who had.

He said the first two leaks in April 2010 and May 2010 were focussed and alleged a corporate dimension that should be probed.


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