In a wake to reveal the face behind the mask of top brass leaders, business tycoons and high profile people, Essar Group allegedly tapped phones of several top businessmen including Ambani Brothers, current and former Cabinet ministers and high-profile bureaucrats between 2001 and 2006, but according to law this violates the Freedom of secrecy as no one has right to interfere in any ones personal life.
The purported conversations that were thus recorded reveal widespread peddling of influence in corridors of power, “corruption in the business milieu,” brokering of deals and blurring of lines between business and government.
The 29-page complaint, submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal, who claims to represent the Essar employee who allegedly tapped the phones.
According to the complaint, among those who were allegedly tapped were current Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, former ministers Praful Patel and Ram Naik; Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Chairman Anil Ambani, his wife Tina Ambani and several top officials of their companies, late cabinet minister Pramod Mahajan and MP Amar Singh.
Several prominent persons who reportedly figure in the conversations include then PMO officials Brajesh Mishra and NK Singh; politicians Ram Naik, Kirit Somayia, Jaswant Singh, Piyush Goel and Sudhanshu Mittal, Sahara chief Subroto Roy and actor Amitabh Bachchan.
The list also includes the names of current Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, IDBI Bank former chairman PP Vora, ICICI Bank former CEO and managing director KV Kamath, and the bank’s former joint managing director Lalita Gupte.