SC orders CBI probe on Radia tapes

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the dimensions of criminality that have emerged from the tapes of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia.

The apex court bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe on issues that were identified by the investigating agency after going through the transcript of the Radia tapes submitted to it by the Income Tax Department.

The court has also referred one of the criminality dimensions to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the department of mines for investigation.

One matter has been referred to the Chief Justice of India.

The investigating agency has been asked to submit its probe report to the court within two months, by Dec 16.

The CBI had, July 31, told the court that there was an element of criminality in the conversations which Radia had with several people, including journalists, in the 2G spectrum allocation scam.

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