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Privacy issue gets priority in Radia case.

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday segregated the issues of illegality and criminality arising out of the controversial taped conversations of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia with others and decided to first hear right to privacy concern raised by then Tata chief Ratan Tata.

A three- judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice H. L. Dattu said it was of the view to segregate the issues in two parts as otherwise it would be an unending exercise.

The bench said in the first part it will hear the aspects concerning right to privacy i. e.

right to privacy vis- a- vis government, right to privacy visa- vis press and right to know information.

The bench also comprising Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice R. K. Agarwal said other issues with regard to criminality or illegality in awarding various contracts to private parties coming out in recorded conversations of one person with another will be taken by them after completing the first three issues relating to the right to privacy.

The bench made it clear that it will not permit the parties concerned to go beyond these issues. The bench said it will hear from August 26- 28 the issue of privacy. It also directed that the status report received by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a sealed cover shall not be opened without the court's order.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General L. Nageswara Rao told the bench that the leak (of intercepted conversations of Radia with others) was not from the government's side. He also submitted that the government has already taken a stand that there is a right to privacy.

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Date:Apr 30, 2014
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