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800 more Nira Radia tapes exposed
Published on 12 Dec. 2010 12:08 AM IST
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: Even as the controversy over corporate lobbyist Nira Radia’s conversations with leading journalists Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt rages across the country, newsmagazine Outlook, in its latest issue, has released 800 more tapes of her tapped conversation with various politicians, journalists and businessmen.
Among the prominent people the fresh set of Radia tapes might implicate are Tarun Das, former head of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and an unidentified female Tamil Nadu politician.
The tapes can be accessed at the following URL of Outlook’s website:
The first batch of 140 Radia tapes which came out three weeks ago resulted in the resignation of former telecom minister A Raja, and triggered a major political crisis that has stalled the Parliament proceedings over a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam. The earlier tapes also named Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata, who is currently involved in a bitter war of words with Rajya Sabha MP and former telecom entrepreneur Rajeev Chandrasekhar.
I have not seen tapes: Home Secretary
Home Secretary GK Pillai on Saturday said neither has he heard or seen the tapes of conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others nor has he leaked them at the behest of Home Minister P Chidambaram.
“I wish to clarify that neither I nor the Ministry of Home Affairs had access or have any access to any of the tapes concerning the interception of the telephones of Niira Radia,” he said in a statement.
Reacting to reports in the press, he said his interview to a newspaper, on which the Supreme Court earlier this week made some observations, has been misunderstood and quoted out of context.
“I had only stated that the interception of the telephone calls have been authorised by the Home Ministry on account of allegations concerning tax evasion or hawala, and that no tapes concerning tax evasion or hawala had appeared in the press,” he said.
Pillai said these were the subject matter of probe by the Central Board of Direct Taxes and if these are substantiated, would be only disclosed later when the charge-sheets are filed by the concerned agencies.
“Since I have neither heard nor seen the tapes, the allegations that I am leaking these tapes, at the behest of the Union Home Minister, is totally unfounded and false,” he said.
The Home Secretary also said he understood from the affidavits given by the Ministry of Finance (CBDT) that some portion of the tapes had been given to the CBI for investigation.

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