Essar tapes : Lawyer Uppal to file PIL with Delhi High Court, Seeks Protection


New Delhi : Suren Uppal, the Supreme Court lawyer who brought the Essar tapes to light has approached the Ministry of Home Affairs after he claimed of being threatened. As the Essar tapes unravel, lawyer Suren Uppal has announced that he will file a Public Interest Litigation with the Delhi High Court seeking probe in the phone tapping scandal. 

The move has come days after Albasit Khan, who Uppal claims is the whistleblower, denied to have ever approached Uppal. Uppal submitted the recordings of powerful names in the country, including industrialists, government officials, ministers and journalists, to the Prime Minister’s Office on 1 June. According to media reports Uppal wants the tapes to be taken to an investigation agency, in an interview with a news agency, he mentioned that he will file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court. 

Additionally, Uppal has given the High Court the CDs and diaries that contain the transcripts of conversations in a sealed cover. These conversations are known to have taken place during 2001-06, as per a report by a news agency. The issue came to light when Uppal wrote a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) demanding a probe in the Essar leak. The PMO then forwarded it to the Home Ministry which sought legal opinion on the matter. The Essar leaks involve some of the biggest power-brokers of the country, including industrialists and politicians. 

The scandal is reported to have taken place during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. The conversations recorded reveal businessmen such as Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani along with their senior officials reached out to politicians to seek favours. Present Home Secretary Rajiv Mehreshi is also implicated in this scandal, for his role in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs at the time. So far, Essar Group has denied all charges.