Radia tapes: SC issues notice to centre for action

Nirra Radia
New Delhi, Jan 24: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, Jan 24 sought the central government's action on a petition related to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's conversation with politicians, journalists and industrialist, which were tapped by government authorities.

The bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and SS Nijjar issued notice to the Union Home Secretary on the petition filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), and adjourned the further hearing to Feb 2.

The CPIL Pleaded SC, seeking details of the entire 5,800 conversations of Radia with different people. CPIL claimed that it was in public interest to disclose the contents as it might spill the corruption in different government departments, including various stakeholders, politicians, bureaucrats, corporate and business houses and even journalist.

The government authorities even recorded the conversation of Radia with the industrialist, Ratan Tata. Tata later moved court seeking action against the people, those who recorded his telephone conversation with Radia and making it public.

Tata claimed that it had harmed his Fundamental Right of Life with Dignity, which violated his right to privacy.

Right to privacy should not be used as a shield to cover ones misdeeds. Though in a country like India, where millions do not have a roof over their heads or four walls to protect their privacy. Poor very hardly enjoy the right to privacy in India but affluent stay protected, behind high rise walls.

OneIndia News
(With inputs from PTI)

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