Niira Radia off CBI hook for ‘lack of evidence’ NEW DELHI: Former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia can breathe easy with the CBI set to close all cases against her for lack of evidence. The Supreme Court had asked the CBI to probe "criminality" in 14 issues that were identified by the investigating agency after going through the transcripts of the Radia tapes submitted to it by the income tax department. One-and-a-half years after it began investigating whether Radia provided favours to corporate houses using her alleged links in government, sources said the agency has concluded that there was "no criminality" in any matter. "The probe revealed that no favour was extended to any company by any official as suggested in the conversations. Radia was just boasting about her links and there is no criminality in that," a senior officer said. Top sources said all 14 enquiries would be closed in the next few weeks TOI had first reported that Radia was only "bragging about her links" to corporate houses. The CBI had named several big firms including Reliance Industries Limited, Tata Steel, Tata Motors and Unitech apart from former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda, former head of Directorate General of Hydrocarbons V K Sibal, income tax officials, civil aviation ministry officials and several private persons including Radia herself in the 14 preliminary enquiries registered on the directions of the apex court in October 2013. The agency will now inform the SC that all the preliminary enquires against companies/individuals are being closed due to lack of evidence. During investigation, the CBI had examined Radia, several senior executives of private companies and government officials besides analyzing documents. Tata, Reliance and Unitech had denied the allegations against them. An SC bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi had ordered the CBI to probe 14 issues that were identified by the investigating agency after going through the transcripts of the Radia tapes submitted to it by the income tax department. The court had also referred one of the matters to the chief vigilance officer of the department of mines for investigation and another to the Chief Justice of India. "Radia's conversations reveal deep-rooted malice by private enterprises in connivance with government officials for extraneous purposes," the SC had said. A joint team of CBI and income tax department had transcribed 5,800 tapes of conversations of Radia from which these issues were identified for investigated. Niira Radia off CBI hook for ‘lack of evidence’ - The Times of India All hail the new pro anti corrupt govt, India indeed is shining lol!