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Govt looking into 5,000 telephone intercepts: Pillai
Published on 7 Dec. 2010 12:19 AM IST
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Home Secretary G.K. Pillai Monday said telephone intercepts of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's conversations with some journalists and politicians in the 2G spectrum allotment case were only the tip of the iceberg, as some 5,000-plus such recordings were being looked into for tax-evasion investigation.
Pillai said roughly 100 tapes have been leaked to the media and the recordings that have come out contain only "juicy elements" meant by the leakers to "titillate" the media.
The remaining 5,000-plus recordings contain the details that will actually assist investigators as they draw up formal charges against wrongdoers, the home secretary told Wall Street Journal in an interview.
"The investigation part is much more, which has not yet come out," said Pillai.
"The parts that have come out aren't really connected to the investigation."
The home ministry oversees internal security issues and approves wiretap requests by the central government agencies.
Pillai said he gave the go-ahead to tape Radia's phones to further a tax-evasion investigation.
Asked how that probe was connected to the controversial allocation of so-called 2G mobile phone spectrum in 2008, Pillai said the potentially illegal movement of funds in and out of India was being scrutinized closely. He declined to elaborate.
The home secretary said the leaking of the Radia tapes has spooked India's corporate establishment. He added that the fears of widespread wiretapping were exaggerated as the home ministry follows strict guidelines in approving any surveillance.
He said the government has about 6,000 to 8,000 wiretaps happening at any point, and only about three percent to 5 percent of them are for corporate or white-collar investigations.
Pillai said he was concerned over the Radia tapes having been leaked and was awaiting the results of a government inquiry into how the disclosure happened.
But he said all the tapes would likely become public at some point anyway, since the Supreme Court has asked for a full set of copies and it could be petitioned to release them eventually. "You can't do pick and choose (then)," he said. "Everything will come out."

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