What are the ramifications of the Supreme Court directive to investigate the Radia tapes?
What it means is several conversations which reveal various corrupt transactions, which appear to have taken place between Radia on behalf of her clients and between various public officials, would have to be investigated by the CBI and monitored by the court. They have given two months’ time to the CBI to do a preliminary inquiry and give the report to the court. And they have ordered the transcriptions of the remaining conversations which have not yet been transcribed. That also has to be done within two months. They have said prima facie that the conversations indicate that a case regarding the bribery of a former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court has been referred to the Chief Justice of India¬†.
How will this impact the people implicated in the tapes?¬†
Some of these transactions will be investigated, but it depends on how robustly they are investigated by the CBI, and how robustly they are monitored by the court thereafter. Whether anything will come out of it will depend upon that.
A lot of questions were raised regarding the media’s conduct in the controversy.
I‚Äėm not sure whether some of these criminal transactions involve the media as well, maybe they do. We are not sure about the exact nature of these transactions. Some of them were apparently reported by one of the newspapers earlier, which was a subject matter of the first CBI report to the court. Subsequently there was another report to the court which involved six more cases of criminal or corrupt activity. ¬†The court has ordered the CBI to enquire into all the cases.