It’s now beyond doubt that only selected conversations from the Niira Radia tapes were leaked to the media. An Outlook investigation reveals there were many other key figures speaking to Radia. Here are some of the “missing” conversations:
- A Congress Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh has several conversations with Radia about the then ongoing income-tax investigations. She is heard telling Radia that she has discussed the issue with a senior income-tax official who has assured her that the investigations would not harm Radia, though they might possibly harm some of her clients.
- In one conversation, Radia is believed to be speaking to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. She is discussing the transfer of Tata’s Nano project from West Bengal to Gujarat, where the plant was ultimately set up.
- Radia is believed to be speaking to West Bengal CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose about Singur, where Tata’s Nano project ran into opposition.
Investigators say they believe the woman MP Radia is speaking to is in all likelihood Annu Tandon, the Congress MP from Unnao, Uttar Pradesh. When contacted, Annu said she could not recall the conversation with Radia. Her husband Sandeep (who died this year) was a former revenue service officer who later became a “consultant” to Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd. Both her sons work for the same company.