In the backdrop of the controversial leakage of tapes involving corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, the public relations agency she heads, Vaishnavi Communications and its associate firms, have shifted all their 250 employees from Bharti Airtel to other service providers.
The role of Radia, whose conversations with industrialist Ratan Tata, former communications and IT minister A Raja, journalists and corporate executives shook the nation last year, is now being investigated in the 2G spectrum sale scandal.
Sources in Vaishnavi said more than one operator had gained at the cost of Airtel, depending on the region, but gave no reason for the switch. While Vaishnavi did not respond to an email sent by Hindustan Times, company sources said Delhi employees had shifted to Vodafone using mobile number portability, under which a customer can switch operators while retaining a phone number.
Telecom operators are under investigation to see if they are connected with the leakage of confidential conversations.
The finance ministry has asked the communications ministry to conduct an enquiry into the conduct of telecom operators and identify individuals involved in the leakage of tapes.
“DoT (Department of Telecommunications) will have to conduct a further inquiry to establish leakage of the telephonic intercepts in the end of telecom service providers to identify actual individuals involved in this,” the finance ministry said in a recent letter to the telecom secretary.
The finance ministry has set up a two-member committee to look into the leakage of tapes.