New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought response from the Central government on whether the probe report on the leakage of controversial Niira Radia tapes can be shared with the Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata.

A bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice SJ Mukhopadhyay asked the government to file its response on Tata’s plea within three weeks and posted the matter for further hearing on March 27.

Ratan Tata has filed a petition in the Apex Court seeking a copy of the report on the probe, which pointed out tampering of the tapes released to the media.

Notably, the Centre had filed the probe report of Radia tape leak case in a sealed envelope before the bench on January 31.

Tata had moved the Apex Court on November 29 last year seeking action against those involved in the leakage of the tapes alleging that the leakage amounts to breach in his fundamental rights provided by the Indian Constitution.

He had argued that the conversation was tapped for the purposes of alleged tax evasion and hence cannot be used for any other purpose.

Earlier, the government had expressed reluctance in sharing the report on the ground that the investigation was still in progress to find out how the tapes of Radia's conversations, tapped by Income Tax Department, got leaked.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies