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SC sets up five member team to probe Radia's tape

Friday, 22 February 2013 - 3:59am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
The income tax department placed transcripts of 5,800 tapped telephone conversations in 50 sealed envelopes.

The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted a six-member special team comprising five from the CBI and one from the Income Tax department to examine the contents of tapped telephonic conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with politicians, corporate honchos and others.

A bench comprising Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya said the working of the team will be supervised by two officers of the CBI who will report to Superintendent of Police, CBI dealing with the 2G matter.

The bench said that the overall supervision will be under the Deputy Inspector General, CBI who is looking after the case.

The bench said that the team shall submit its report in four months from today.

The court had earlier said that it had gone through some of the tapped conversations and some of them were innocuous and hence, the voluminous transcripts were needed to be scrutinised to find out elements of criminality in them.

It had also made clear that the scrutiny would be limited to those conversations which pertain to criminal element and relating to interest of justice.

Excerpts from the tapes earlier leaked in the media had sparked a political storm with the conversations bringing out the nature of corporate lobbying and also its purported impact on politics.

The income tax department placed transcripts of 5,800 tapped telephone conversations in 50 sealed envelopes.

The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Radia's phone on a complaint to Finance Minister on November 16, 2007 alleging that within a span of nine years she had built up a business empire worth Rs300 crore.
 


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