New Delhi : The CBI on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it can register cases on its directions on certain issues as the records and the analysis of tapped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with top corporate honchos, politicians and others, suggest criminality.
Senior advocate K K Venugopal said there is “prima facie” suspicion in some of the aspects requiring registration of preliminary inquires by the CBI. “If you direct CBI to investigate then we have to register preliminary inquiry,” Venugopal, appearing for the agency, said.
He agreed with the suggestions of a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi that since the case was being monitored by the apex court, CBI can be asked to investigate the serious issues arising in the matter and nothing should be left to the state police.
The bench also asked the Centre to apprise it as to whether the officials, listening to the conversations of Radia with top corporate honchos and others, informed their seniors about the “serious issues” emanating from the tapped telephonic records.
“The question is whether the serious issues which came to light was brought to the notice of senior officials or not. The next question is as to what action was taken?,” the bench said.