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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

In-camera hearings begin in Radia leaks

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 29, 2013
First Published: 12:14 IST(29/8/2013) | Last Updated: 00:10 IST(30/8/2013)

The Supreme Court on Thursday held a two-hour long in-camera hearing on Ratan Tata’s petition claiming his right to privacy was violated when his conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia were leaked to the media.

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A bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice V Gopala Gowda held the proceedings to peruse “top secret” documents that formed the basis for interception of her calls.

Only two additional solicitor generals, CBI, income tax department and Union home ministry officers were allowed into the court room but all advocates appearing for different parties, journalists and others were barred. The bench concluded the in-camera proceedings and posted the matter for an open court hearing on October 1.

The bench had on August 27 decided to hold in-camera proceedings in the case.

Although in-camera proceedings are regular in trial courts, this was the second time an in-camera hearing has been held in the top court. The last time such proceedings took place was in the hawala case in 1996.

The in-camera proceedings were held in the case after the court felt that several controversial and sensitive information and names of people figured in the reports submitted by a special team constituted to prepare a report on the interceptions made by the income-tax department of Radia’s telephone.

Raja seeks inquiry reportFormer telecom minister A Raja on Thursday moved a special court in New Delhi seeking a direction to CBI to produce documents, including a direct inquiry report of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) now with the agency, in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. Raja filed an application before Special CBI judge OP Saini saying that in 2009, an inquiry was conducted by CVC into the allegations of allotment of 2G spectrum by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and on October 12, 2009, CVC had forwarded its direct inquiry report to CBI.

He also said CVC had asked CBI to take “necessary action in the matter” and the October 12, 2009 communication of the CVC and its direct inquiry report are in “custody of CBI and have a material bearing on this case and are relevant for the cross-examination of the investigating officers in this matter”.

(With inputs from PTI)


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