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Taking exception to the strong words used by senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan about court adjourning the hearing on the petition by industrialist Ratan Tata in Niira Radia tapes case, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi Wednesday recused itself from hearing the matter.

“We will not hear this matter at all in view of the submission made by senior counsel Rajiv Dhawan. Matter should be heard by another bench,” said Justice Singhvi, taking serious view of some of the words used by Dhawan while insisting that the court should hear his submission.

Protesting the adjournment of the hearing of the case, Rajiv Dhawan appearing for a news magazine that carried the extracts of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia’s telephone intercepts described the adjournment of hearing as arbitrary, unfortunate and denying media a right to answer.

The plea submitted that the probe was originally initiated by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on whose report to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, an SFIO inquiry was ordered.

“All of the above have been thoroughly investigated and action has been recommended against top corporates to the Government of India several months back. Yet no action has been taken.”

The NGO alleged that these cases are different from the issues framed by the apex court in which it had directed CBI probe.

“Thus it is clear an attempt is being made to scuttle investigations arising out of or involving the intercepted conversations of Niira Radia’s telephones in order to save top corporate groups. Only strong directions from this court coupled with the disclosure of the transcribed conversations can lead to the guilty being brought to book,” the application said.


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