Archive for December, 2010

Go on, surprise us-II

Posted: December 10, 2010 in Politics

It does not take a genius to understand that the Radia tapes, Vir-Burkha conversations is the norm rather than one-offs of how Fourth Estate works in this country, or for that matter, the world. The expose’s by Wikileaks shows how a handful of people decide what the world sees (and does not see).

What is disconcerting is how the genral public is largely the useful idiot, with glimpses of such shocking (yaaawwwwwwwnn) revelations happening at the convenience of those that decide so, and how behind-the-scene dramas (with the myth of an Opposition and ruling party) are played out to provide entertainment (to some) and bleak hopelessness for the country, for the most zealous of idealists like me.

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Go on, surprise us

Posted: December 2, 2010 in Politics

Good.

Radiagate: Sealed tapes reach SC, Tata case also on agenda today
Agencies Posted online: Thu Dec 02 2010, 11:02 hrs
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday will take up the petition filed by Tata group chairman Ratan Tata seeking a direction to the government to probe the leak of tapes containing his private conversations with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, and stop their further publication.

The petition is listed for mentioning before a Bench comprising Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly, which is hearing the matter relating to the 2G spectrum scam.

Meanwhile, the government placed before the Supreme Court the recorded tapes containing the conversations between corporate Radia and others relating to the 2G spectrum allocation case. They were in a sealed cover.

While placing the recorded conversations before the Bench comprising Justices Singhvi and Ganguly, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium said it is a hard disc drive directly downloaded from the server which contains the conversations.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan appearing for the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), however, said though CBI maintains there were 5,800 conversations, it has prepared the transcript of only 3,000 such conversations.

The Supreme Court had yesterday directed that the original tapes containing the conversation between Radia and others pertaining to the 2G spectrum allocation case be handed over to it in a sealed cover.

Ratan Tata had moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking action against persons responsible for the leak and ‘unauthorised’ publication of the tapes, alleging that it was sheer violation of his right to privacy.

Tata argued that the tapes, recorded under IT surveillance of Radia in 2008 and 2009, should be used for the “public purpose” of investigation.

Tata, in the petition, has contended that the leak has infringed upon his fundamental Right to Life, which includes right to privacy.

Tata has made the central government a party in his petition. Union Home Secretary, the CBI, the Income Tax Department, the Department of Telecommunication and the Department of Information Technology have been made respondents.

Hopefully, now the real face of who actually ordered the tapes be recorded will come out. But then, maybe not. Some small-time story will cover the unexplained murder/accident of some random IT/Telecom dept bloke and there will be no connection of dots.

Maino style of destroying opponents and her not-so-useful-anymore idiots: dig out skeletons from the closet (mostly phone tappings), plane/chopper crashes or road accidents (Sanjay Gandhi, Rajesh Pilot, Madhav Rao Sindhia, YSR Reddy), family in-fighting ending in crimes of passion (Pramod Mahanjan).