Ratan Tata demands probe into tape leaks
Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata is petitioning an Indian court to prevent further publication of private phone conversations with PR rep Nira Radia.
Tata has asked India's Supreme Court for an injunction on publication of the conversations, and called for the court to initiate a probe into the leaks of the information, which is held by government agencies, the Times of India reported.
Radia - head of PR firm Vaishnavi Corporate Communications that represents the Tata Group - is the subject of state investigations into her alleged involvement in the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.
Tata’s lawyers have argued that publication of the recordings violates his fundamental right to privacy.
The intercepted conversations, recorded by the income tax department as part of a probe into allegations of money laundering and tax evasion associated with the 2G scandal, appear to show Radia campaigning for the re-election of disgraced former minister A Raja, and attempting to broker some of the 2G licensing deals.
Tata Comm is not believed to have any involvement in the leaks, which saw transcripts of some of the conversations appear in local media.
India’s government has already ordered an inquiry into the matter, The Hindu said.
Tata’s petition could be challenged by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation, which claims the conversations are not private and, in fact, reveal “all kinds of fixing and deal-making,” lawyer Prashant Bhushan told The Telegraph India.