The following the full text of the statement issued by Reliance Industries Limited on the Essar Tapes published by Outlook:
"We are shocked at reports which suggest that we have been victims of unauthorised and illegal tapping of our telephones.
"Conversations attributed to us are false and appear to have been doctored by someone who seeks to defame us.
"We have, at all times, abided by the law of the land both, in letter and in spirit in all our actions and business activities and any suggestion of any wrongdoing is plainly false.
"The reports are unfortunate as they make allegations without accepting any responsibility for the veracity of the contents. We reserve our legal rights to act against this kind of sensationalism.
"We expect the authorities to take a serious view of these alleged violations of our right to privacy if indeed there has been any illegal wire tapping. We also expect the authorities to verify the truth of these allegations and take action against these malicious falsehoods.
"We will render full co-operation to any authority in ascertaining the truth and remain confident of demonstrating that the salacious allegations are false and at all times, we have abided by the law.”
- RIL Spokesperson