Radia tapes: Supreme Court to first hear issue of right to privacy

The bench said that it will hear from August 26-28 the issue of privacy.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 29, 2014 2:20 pm
A three-judge bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said it was of the view to segregate the issues in two parts as otherwise, it would be an unending exercise. A three-judge bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said it was of the view to segregate the issues in two parts as otherwise, it would be an unending exercise.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday segregated the issues of illegality and criminality arising out of the controversial taped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with others and decided to first hear right to privacy concern raised by then Tata chief Ratan Tata.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice H L Dattu said it was of the view to segregate the issues in two parts as otherwise, it would be an unending exercise.

The bench said in the first part it will hear the aspects concerning right to privacy i.e. right to privacy vis-a-vis government, right to privacy vis-a-vis press and right to know information.

The bench also comprising justices J S Khehar and R K Agarwal said that the other issues with regard to criminality or illegality in awarding various contracts to private parties coming out in recorded conversations of one person with another will be taken by them after completing the first three issues relating to right to privacy.

The bench made it clear that it will “not permit” the concerned parties to go beyond these issues.

The bench said that it will hear from August 26-28 the issue of privacy.

It also directed that the status report received by CBI in a sealed cover shall not be opened without court’s order.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao told the bench that the “leak (of intercepted
conversations of Radia with others) was not from the government’s side”.

He also submitted that the government has already taken a stand that there is a right to privacy.

In October last year, Ratan Tata had told the apex court that the tapped telephonic conversations between Radia and top politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen, including himself, were leaked to the media because of corporate rivalry.

The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Radia’s phone on a complaint to the Finance Minister on November 16, 2007 alleging that within a span of nine years she had built up a business empire worth Rs 300 crore.

The government had recorded 180 days of Radia’s conversations–first from August 20, 2008 for 60 days and then from October 19 for another 60 days. Later, on May 11, 2009, her phone was again put on surveillance for another 60 days following a fresh order given on May 8.

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First Published on: April 29, 2014 1:06 pm
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    sonia
    Apr 30, 2014 at 5:45 am
    WHAT RIGHT TO RIGHT TO PRIVACY? ‘Right to Privacy’?!!! ‘Right to Privacy’ of business tycoons cited in Forbes List of Billionaires versus the right to life of india’s denuded and impoverished millions? No other argument could be more absurd in my view. Blood-sucking billionaires like the Tatas, Chandras, Ambanis etc with all their godfathers and godmothers in tow (many sitting abroad, who bestow upon traitors the highest awards their respective countries can offer) NEED to be stripped bare and punished for their crimes against the Indian nation and its people. That is the ONLY thing that will make those blood-thirsty vampires think twice in future before repeating the horrific crimes they have been indulging in decade after decade with complete impunity. ‘Right to Privacy’ over Right to Life? When was Right to Privacy ever observed by courts, the media or any other establishment with regard to India’s common man? What happened to ‘equality before the law’ written by our forefathers in the Consution? Is Justice Dattu (who is repeatedly seen batting for the 2G-accused and Robert Vadra, too) listening? It would be in national interest to have many more autobiographical and journalistic works expose that invisible government running India and its people to the ground i.e. on the ideny of all the foreign Dons lurking behind the many financial spectrums of the 2G scam-tainted companies which, in turn, have been using some of that ill-gotten wealth to finance political lobbyists like Madam Radia who, in turn, help them acquire seats of Consutional heads of State like those of President of India (‘Maamaji’ to many an Indian Forbes’ billionaire), Prime Minister of India and each of his cabinet ministers etc as well as of the many private ‘advisors’ to the aforementioned and to President of Indian National Congress (none of which India’s Consution makes any provision for) etc etc who, in turn...the list of back-scratching vampires is endless. India’s citizens, for their own protection, have the right to a laundry list of all those muscled and mone ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’s who have been depriving them of every one of their consutional rights even post India’s so-called Independence. Now is as good a time as any before the country goes to the dogs (that is, if it hasn’t already). The vast majority of India’s people are already living the life of a dog - subsisting on the morsels flung at them by greedy blood-suckers (who don’t stop short of grabbing even their miserable habitats), and enduring kicks on their innards till their dying breath for every time they whimper, howl or bark. And those blood-suckers want ‘Right to Privacy’? What right have they to demand it, is what I ask of the Supreme Court
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