Tata group chairman Ratan Tata has sought a probe by an independent agency into the alleged leakage of his tapped conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia on the ground that he is dissatisfied with the government's on-going probe.
In his fresh affidavit filed before Supreme Court, Tata said: "I submit that an inquiry by an independent agency only can meet the need of the situation and not by two functionaries of any one government department." Tata's reply is in response to the government affidavits that were filed earlier on December 9, 2010 and January 31, 2010.
Tata has approached SC accusing the government of infringing his right to privacy by recording his telephonic conversations. The government has already informed the court that it has launched a probe into the alleged leak. SC would hear the matter on Thursday.
In his latest affidavit he expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe by the Income Tax authorities, claiming various lacunae, limitations and inconsistencies as well as its mechanism.
The industrialist pointed out that the government in its affidavit on December 9 last year and on January 31 claimed that the probe was already on, while the Finance Ministry's official order for appointment of two senior officers to probe the matter was issued only on December 27, days after the government filed its first affidavit.
"This matter of discrepancy is for the Centre to explain," he added. He said even if the inquiry is on, it is not sufficient.
Pointing out the government's averment in its December 9 affidavit that if a service provider is found to have a role in leaking the transcripts, the telecommunication ministry will have to be approached for the further action, Tata said the inquiry is inadequate.