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CBI, CBDT to probe Nadia tape leakage case

November 30, 2010 10:17 IST

Home Minister P Chidambaram has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation and Central Board of Direct Taxes to probe the leakage of the conversations between corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, leading business tycoons and media persons.

The tapes, first leaked by a national magazine, have now found their way to several media organisations and journalists.

On Monday, the apex court directed the government to probe the leakage of the tape, acting on a plea filed by Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata.

According to senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, if the nexus between Radia, businessmen and journalists is proved, then the matter should be exposed.

"How can we destroy the images that have been built by sheer hard work," he argued. 

On December 3, the Press Club of India, the Editor's Guild, the Indian Women's Press Crop and the Press Association are all set to debate the controversial issue.

"It is a suspicious case. Her (Niira Radia) voice is clearer and probably she was tapping the phone conversations with the latest techniques," said a senior Delhi police officer.

Onkar Singh in New Delhi