SC sets up special team to examine contents of Radia tapes

New Delhi: A six-member special team comprising five from the CBI and one from the Income Tax department was on Thursday constituted by the Supreme Court to examine the contents of tapped telephonic conversations of corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with politicians, corporate honchos and others.
 
A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya said the working of the team will be supervised by two officers of the CBI who will report to Superintendent of Police, CBI dealing with the 2G matter.
 
The bench said that the overall supervision will be under the Deputy Inspector General, CBI who is looking after the case.
 
The bench said that the team shall submit its report in four months from today.
 
The apex court on February 13 had sought names of officials of CBI, IT department and the Enforcement Directorate for setting up of a team to enquire into the tapped telephonic conversations of Radia with others to ascertain element of criminality.
 
The court had earlier said that it had gone through some of the tapped conversations and some of them were "innocuous" and hence, the voluminous transcripts were needed to be "scrutinised" to find out elements of "criminality" in them.
 
It had also made clear that the scrutiny would be limited to those conversations which pertain to criminal element and relating to interest of justice.