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Tapes, spy and lobbyist

Now we know Home Secretary of India authorised tapping of Nira Radia’s telephones as she was said to be a spy for a foreign intelligence agency who built a business empire of 300 crore rupees in nine years.

Nira Radia tapes have revealed interesting conversations. Kamal Nath gets 15% of contracts. Praful Patel destroyed the aviation sector. First he worked as minister for Naresh Goyal, then for Vijay Mallya. Murli Deora works for Mukesh Ambani.

Which foreign intelligence agency had employed Nira Radia? Was it CIA, MI6, FSB, Mossad, ISI, SDECE or some other agency? Why was she not arrested?

If Nira Radia built a business empire of 300 crore rupees why did she continue lobbying for others? She could have expanded her business empire.

Did Tarun Das and Nira Radia “educate” Anand Sharma?

Did the tapping reveal anything about tax evasion?

This is the season of leaks. After Wikileaks there is Openleaks. Some call Radia tape leaks Chikileaks meaning Chidambaram is behind the leaks.

There are other lobbyists. Are their phones tapped?

It seems nothing significant was discovered about Nira Radia and if something was found out the officials took bribes and kept quiet.

What about phones of industrialists like Mukesh Ambani, L. N. Mittal, Anil Ambani, Azim Premji, Anil Agarwal, Sunil Mittal, Shashi Ruia, Vijay Mallya and Subrata Roy? Did the Income Tax Department suspect them of tax evasion and tap their phones?

Government has the power to phone taps legally but illegal phone tapping by government officials can take place. Private detective agencies can do illegal phone tapping.

Home Ministry must clarify whether Nira Radia spied or not and whether anything regarding tax evasion was found.

On 15/12/2010 there were CBI raids on residences and offices of Nira Radia and many others. Headlines Today reported that an ex-employee complained to finance ministry Nira Radia being a spy and doing something anti-national. Chidambaram passed on the letter to Director General of Investigations, Income Tax Department, and tapping began. Why was RAW not informed?

There is speculation about what DMK will do. Some say it is unhappy about raids. Others say they knew about raids. Some talk about DMK withdrawing support to Congress and mid-term elections. If DMK offers support to BJP they will jump at the opportunity and A. Raja can be deputy prime minister.

Many CBI raids take place. Convictions are rare. At one time CBI raided Madhu Koda’s properties. The amount of scam was said to be 4,000 crore rupees. After some months it came down to 400 crore rupees. Then it was forgotten. Ramalinga Raju’s case is a fiasco.

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