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The Tata-Radia conversation

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Pretty boring stuff, by and large, except for the explosive parts where they discuss Raja. The most amusing bit comes towards the end when Radia bitches about Raja’s “Indian English”: “I’m sure you found that in his accent, na” (Radia at 13:35 mins).

Mr. Tata did not find relief from the government. HT report:

Government on Friday turned down in the Supreme Court the plea of Tata Group Chief Ratan Tata’s for steps to stop the publication in the media of the leaked transcripts of tapped conversations between him, his corporate lobbyist Niira Radia and others.

The government maintained that conversations were recorded as part of the surveillance ordered by the Directorate General of Income Tax (Investigation) following a complaint received by the Finance Minister on November 16, 2007 alleging that Radia had within a short span of nine years built up a business empire worth Rs 300 crore.

It was also alleged that she was an agent of foreign intelligence agencies and she was indulging in anti-national activities.

“Secrecy and security have been maintained and the integrity and safety of the data in electronic form have been ensured through proper checks in the systems through which the recordings have taken place,” the Government said in the 8-page affidavit.

This second tape is very revealing: Nira Radia briefs Ratan Tata on the subtleties of allocation, and does a very good job of it. The subversion of the system is very clear: Reliance is reported to take advantage of legal loopholes by fudging data, Radia’s clients use her contacts and network of obligations.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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  1. […] up by listening to the later Tata-Radia tapes, that’s when the birds come home to […]

  2. […] He added: “However, they were allotted spectrum under the dual technology escape route and there was a quid pro quo when they gave a large chunk of land to A Raja’s party DMK. This has come to light in the Radia tapes.” […]

  3. […] He added: “However, they were allotted spectrum under the dual technology escape route and there was a quid pro quo when they gave a large chunk of land to A Raja’s party DMK. This has come to light in the Radia tapes.” […]


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