Soon after Open magazine published transcripts of conversations between well-known journalists and public relations consultant Nira Radia, the journalists in question said it was legitimate for them to talk to people from all walks of life.
The transcripts suggest that Barkha Dutt, group editor of NDTV, and Vir Sanghvi, advisory editorial director of The Hindustan Times offered to mediate between the DMK and the Congress, but both journalists dismissed them as routine conversations where they were just being polite. Open reported:
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The phone lines of the head of Vaishnavi Communication, Niira Radia, were twice placed under surveillance by the Income Tax Department (based on a tip-off by the Central Board of Direct Taxes) for a few months in 2008 and 2009. Niira Radia is a woman of formidable networking and PR skills, so much so that she represents both the Tata and the Mukesh Ambani group. Some of these recorded phone conversations are now available with Open; they were