2G: Tata wants to bind media with in-camera case

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New Delhi, Mar 2: Indian media has become very powerful now-a-days with their minute analysis of each and every story. It has really become the forth pillar of this democracy as it fulfills its watchdog role properly. But it faces several criticism for different issues. Recently Tata company's spokesperson has once again doubted media's credibility.

Media has never failed to pursue the 2G spectrum scam from the time it has been exposed. Now, the scam is facing court's trial. Tata company's name has been raised in the case. During its trial, Tata counsel Harish Salve on Wednesday, Mar 2 demanded in-camera hearings to check the media in reporting on the court's trial.

Salve, during the court's proceedings, stated, "The court may consider holding in-camera proceedings as petitioner's counsel Prashant Bhushan is making allegations based on some source information which gets highlighted in the media."

Pointing at several media houses distorted reports on 2G spectrum case procedures, Salve claimed, "What the CBI finds we will only come to know when the chargesheet is filed. But, whatever Bhushan has alleged today will find a distorted narration in the newspapers tomorrow."

Citing their well-established corporate image, Tata counsel Salve asserted, "We are a large corporate and we have our reputation to guard."

Meanwhile, the court also claimed that the media should response with a credible manner. However, the court did not give any judgment on Tata's demand of in-camera hearings as it observed that there was public interest in the 2G spectrum case. It said it would consider Salve's request later.

The investigating agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) informed in the court that Chief executives and promoters of 10 companies are among 63 people under investigation in the 2G spectrum scam.

Though CBI has not mentioned the names of the company. Sources reported that CBI has so far called the executives of the companies like - Swan (now Etisalat), Unitech Wireless (Uninor), Reliance Communications , Tata Teleservices , Tata Realty, Loop, Datacom (Videocon), S Tel, Sistema Shyam and Essar.

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