Ratan Tata moves SC against leakage of Radia tapes

Ratan Tata moves SC against leakage of Radia tapes

New Delhi: Tata group chief Ratan Tata on Monday approached the Supreme Court seeking action against those involved in the leakage of tapes containing his conversation with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia.

Tata, in the petition, has contended that the leakage of the tapes have infringed upon his fundamental Right to Life, which includes right to privacy.

Tata has made the central government a party in his petition.

Some of the conversation between Tata and Radia, whose public relations firms were engaged by the group, relate to personal details that could no way be part of investigation, Tata is expected to argue in the petition.

Tata has sought a direction for fixing the responsibility for the alleged leakage of the tapes.

In the wake of 2G spectrum allocation scam allegedly involving Rs1.76 trillion, some journals have published taped conversation Radia had with politicians, journalists and industrialists.

Transcripts of some of these tapes have also come up on various websites, stirring a controversy over the alleged nexus between lobbyists and journalists.

Tata has made the union home secretary, the CBI, the Income Tax Department, the department of telecommunication and department of information technology as respondents in the petition.

Meanwhile, sources said that senior advocate Harish Salve will appear for Tata in the apex court.

Tata in his petition submitted that the conversation was recorded by the government and “we have no quarrel with the government".

He further contended that the government owns the responsibility of maintaining privacy of a citizen.

Senior counsel Harish Salve who is representing Ratan Tata told reporters outside court that while his client had no issue with the government recording the phone conversations, it had a responsibility preserve their secrecy.

“Conversations can be recorded by the government. But the government owes responsibility to the citizen to maintain secrecy " said Salve and indicated that he would be pushing for an injunction against further publication of any future material that might be leaked.

“They (govt) must prevent unauthorised publication," he added.

PTI also contibuted in this story.

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