The Chairman of India’s Tata Group, Ratan Tata, has reportedly asked the Indian Supreme Court to ban publication of the tape recordings of telephone conversations between Niira Radia of the Vaishnavi Communications and Ratan Tata.
Tata Group’s Chairman Ratan Tata (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Reports state that the tapes were said to have been leaked to the media and were published on websites. However, sources say, that the tapes do not have any material that can be termed as illegal.
According to the conversations in the tapes, Radia was apparently talking to Tata, where described her meetings with Andimuthu Raja, the former Telecommunications minister, and was trying to convince Raja not to give any further mobile phone spectrum to Reliance Communications.
Ratan said that he was surprised on learning that Raja was playing a game, after all that Radia did for Raja. According to a statement, Radia also said that Tata Telecommunications had to suffer major losses, while allocating licenses, and that it was a victim of the mobile phone spectrum scam in India.
The Tata Group is furious over the leaks which it terms as a “Character assassination” and that such tapping of conversations should only be done in cases where the security of the nation is under threat.