30 October, 2020

All Lines Are Busy

There was not one pie Niira Radia didn’t have her hand in nor any area—media, corporate or government—she didn’t have a contact in

Narendra Bisht
All Lines Are Busy

Hear it as they said it: The 2G Tapes

India, the republic, is now on sale. Participating in the auction is a group of powerful individuals, corporate houses, lobbyists, bureaucrats and journalists. Just before the 2G spectrum allocation scam became breaking news, the Income-Tax department was busy tapping the phones of Niira Radia, a lobbyist whose clients, the Tatas and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd, have interests in several key sectors such as telecom, petroleum and natural gas.

Radia’s conversations show how even cabinet berths can be decided by this select oligarchy. Her interface with discredited (now former) telecom...



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