The Centre on Thursday filed a sealed-cover report in the Supreme Court, saying it was unable to find the source that leaked the tapes containing a conversation between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata.
The report was submitted to a bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukopadhyaya, which read the report and said: “In a nutshell, the report says it is difficult to find by which source it was leaked.”
The government placed its second report a day after Tata requested the court to provide him a copy of the first one. The bench had, however, expressed reluctance to give him a copy.
Radia’s conversations with various tycoons and politicians were recorded by the Income Tax department after it received a complaint against her. The revelation led to unearthing of the 2G spectrum scam.
Appearing for Tata, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said it was necessary to check the findings of the report because his arguments would be based on it. He argued the intercepted phone calls were a property of the government, and the disclosure amounted to violating his client’s right to privacy.