SC raps govt on Niira Radia tape leak
The Supreme Court Tuesday said the government's probe report into the leak of the Radia tapes, which led to the unearthing of the 2G scam, was "hardly satisfactory" and its failure to prevent such an incident could have security implications for the country.
The inquiry report into the leak of income-tax department's tapped conversations between former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata was handed over to the court in a sealed cover last week.
The government claimed the tapes were not leaked at its behest, or by its officials.
"Those probe reports are hardly satisfactory... Somebody must be made accountable for the leakage," said a bench of justice GS Singhvi and justice SJ Mukhopadhaya.
Coming down hard on the government, the court said though probe report failed to pinpoint the source of the leak, it was not giving clean chit to anyone.
"In future it would happen again. If you are not able to protect (the tapped conversation), then why do you go for tapping?" the court said. The leaks could also be the handiwork of foreign countries and therefore, pose threat to national security, it said.
Radia's conversation with various business leaders and politicians were recorded on the complaint of the finance ministry.
The leaked tapes exposed the irregularities in the allotment of the scarce 2G spectrum.
The Centre started probing the leaks after Tata moved the SC on November 29, 2010 for a ban on the publication, circulation or broadcast of the tape contents.