Another judge recuses himself from Essar tapes involving politicians, corporate bigwigs


One more judge in the Delhi High Court has decided to recuse himself from hearing a PIL seeking a court-monitored probe by an SIT into the reported tapping of phones by Essar Group.

According to a report by Indian Express, Justice V Kameswar Rao, the head of the vacation bench, where the matter was listed, said that his wife had some shares in one of the companies against which the petition has been filed.

He said, “My wife has some shares and mutual funds in one of the companies. It would be appropriate that I recuse.”

The Essar Group allegedly tapped the telephones of several VVIPs between 2001 and 2006. They included high profile ministers of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and other politicians and industrialists such as Mukesh and Anil Ambani.

The HC had directed Uppal to submit tapes of the alleged tapping in a sealed envelope to the Ministry of Home Affairs. But Uppal could not do so on Monday.

Uppal told the bench, “Since I am a lawyer, I have been able to pull through this…The CDs and records, I humbly submit, are not safe in my custody,”

Justice Rao said in response: “You have to make a request before the Registrar General.”

The bench, which also has Justice I S Mehta in it, listed the PIL by advocate Suren Uppal for July 11. On 24 June, Justice A K Pathak of another vacation bench had recused himself due to “personal reasons.”