Reliance Industries Ltd, on Friday, took strong exception to media reports that suggested top honchos of the company were involved in arm-twisting for business gains as ‘revealed’ from tapped conversations.The allegations of tapping were made in a 29-page complaint submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a Delhi-based Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal, who claims he represents Essar former employee who allegedly tapped the phones.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The report, published in a leading daily and a news magazine, says the recorded conversations allegedly reveal how businessmen reach out to politicians to seek favours.The purported conversations 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 reports have named a literal who’s who – Union ministers Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goel, serving and former bureaucrats NK Singh, Brajesh Mishra, Rajiv Mehrishi, Sahara chief Subroto Roy, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and veteran film actor Amitabh Bachchan, among others, whose phones were allegedly tapped.”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,” a statement released by the RIL spokesperson read.The statement further noted that they had, 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 was plainly false.RIL demanded action against ‘malicious falsehoods’ and sought serious view of these alleged violations of their right to privacy if indeed there had been any illegal wire-tapping.RIL offered full cooperation to any authority in ascertaining the truth and said they were confident of demonstrating that the salacious allegations were false.The Congress on Friday demanded that the tapes be made public as the people would be the ‘best judge’ to discern its veracity.”The allegations are serious and multifaceted, but most importantly if those tapes exist, they need to be made public because the people need to know as to what is going on,” Congress leader Manish Tewari told ANI.

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Essar tappings: RIL claims innocence