Eight years after the release of audio recordings involving former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in 2010, the Supreme Court will finally hear a plea from industrialist Ratan Tata asking for a probe into the matter. The hearing will take place in New Delhi.
As a result of the disclosure, Ratan Tata feels his privacy has been invaded.
In 2011, he submitted the formal request. When the Supreme Court last considered it was in 2014.
Over a decade ago, as part of a tax probe, Niira Radia’s phone talks with businessmen, journalists, government personnel, and others in critical roles were recorded. When her phones were tapped in 2008 and 2009, industrialist Mukesh Ambani was listed as a customer of her now-defunct public relations business, Vaishnavi Corporate Communications.
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With the “Radia recordings” issue erupting in the summer of 2012, Ratan Tata petitioned the Supreme Court for a copy of the government’s report detailing how the tapes were leaked.
In 2010, media outlets reported on many interactions between Ratan Tata and Niira Radia. He subsequently filed a lawsuit against the government, claiming that the leak of the videos violated his constitutional right to privacy.
The Supreme Court established the right to privacy in a historic ruling in August of 2017. The nine-person panel of judges reached the same result for various reasons.
The government’s argument that privacy is not an innate right protected by the Constitution was soundly rejected in the court’s decision.