CBI gives clean chit to Niira Radia in leaked tapes case

The CBI has given a clean chit to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia over her alleged taped conversations with prominent politicians, businessmen and media persons.

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Corporate lobbyist Niira Radia given clean chit by CBI (File photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has given a clean chit to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia over her alleged taped conversations with prominent politicians, businessmen and media persons.

The CBI had initiated 14 preliminary enquiries (PE) to probe the contents of the 8,000-odd phone conversations taped by the Income Tax Department as part of an inquiry over a decade ago.

Now, all 14 PEs have been closed as no case was made out.

Niira Radia had landed in controversy following the leak of alleged taped conversations between her and her clients in connection with the 2G scam.

Subsequently, she wound up her PR business comprising Vaishnavi Corporate Communications and its entities, which handled various high-roller clients including the Tata Group and Reliance Industries.

The conversations were recorded as part of surveillance of Radia's phone on a complaint to the then Finance Minister on November 16, 2007, alleging that within nine years she had built up a business empire worth Rs 300 crore.

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