New Delhi: The Supreme Court verdict on whether the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) can further probe corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's phone conversations is likely to be announced on Monday. The apex court had on August 4 held that these tapes were not private conversations and indeed had an element of criminality.
The SC had also pulled up the government for sitting on these tapes for five years and not taking any action. It also pulled up the Additional Solicitor General saying that had it not been for the Supreme Court, the government would not have done anything.
The court asked as to why no action has been taken when it was clear in 2009 that all types of things were prima facie discussed in the conversations.
"The issue of 2G spectrum and telecom are among multiple matters contained in conversations of Radia with businessmen, politicians and others," said the court.
The court is hearing CBI plea on the element of criminality in these tapes. The CBI had on July 31 told the court that there was an element of criminality in these tapes. It submitted a sealed report on Radia's conversations with several top names including journalists in the 2G spectrum allocation scam to the Supreme Court.