2G scam: Evidence of crime in Niira Radia tapes, says CBI

Niira RadiaFormer corporate lobbyist Niira Radia

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday confirmed criminality in the Radia tapes case, and told the Supreme Court that it was willing to start a probe.

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The court agreed there were several "uncomfortable" issues and "lurking dangers" in the conversations that former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia had had with several people, including industrialists and journalists, and promised to order a "thorough" investigation.

"There are certainly matters to be investigated. There are at least 10 cases of such nature. Some of the items highlighted will become the subject matter of investigation. We will direct thorough investigation into all these issues and there is no doubt about it. As and when occasion arises, we will ask the CBI to investigate," the court said.

Appearing for the CBI, Additional Solicitor General Paras Kuhad handed over a summary of the analysis of 5,800 tapped conversations, and pointed that at least four cases needed investigation. Fresh Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) could be registered in two cases right away, Kuhad told the court.

He added that investigation of some of the material was beyond CBI's jurisdiction, and would have to be looked into by the state police. In one of the cases, economic offence was divulged against the backdrop of a corporate battle between entities, Kuhad said.

The bench of Justices G S Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda, which perused the voluminous report prepared by the court-mandated team of CBI and Income-Tax officials, said, "The team has drawn several conclusions and tentative inferences from these transcripts of conversations.

It has highlighted many things which are uncomfortable."

The bench asked the I-T department why it had not prepared transcripts of the tapped conversations until it was ordered by the court.

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