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.