Radia tapes: SC notice to Centre

New Delhi:The Supreme Court today sought the Centre`s response on a plea for disclosure of the entire contents of corporate lobbyists Niira Radia`s conversation with politicians, journalists and corporate tycoons, which were tapped by government authorities.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and S S Nijjar issued notice to the Centre and adjourned the matter for further hearing on February 2.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by civil society, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, seeking disclosure of the entire 5,800 conversations Radia had with different people, including ministers, journalists and corporate honchos, saying that it was in public interest to disclose the contents as it might reveal corruption in different government departments.

The government had taped Radia`s telephonic conversation on a complaint to the Finance Ministry that she had been allegedly indulging in anti-national activities.