Ratan Tata has said that the real issue of out of turn allotment in the spectrum scam is being blanked out by a smokescreen
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Ratan Tata: You know it’s a funny thing, you get into a stage where many of these things I believe have been sourced by vested interests who... have the connections to make these things happen... what such people forget is that there is a bigger issue of the nation and very often this kind of rumour-based or whisper-based... out of court, kangaroo-court kind of issue is the outcome of persons wanting to settle scores, wanting to protect their own vested interests... we have a venerable judiciary system, we should I think as every Indian want to protect it and ensure that it.. itself stands above any kind of act of corruption or interference, because this is a very valuable asset that our country and our democracy has — and it should not be bypassed, sidestepped, preempted.
Shekhar Gupta: Do you see some of that happening?
Ratan Tata: I think what’s happened over the last few days, is all outside the judiciary basically, and I think the government and the judiciary should come down hard and say that the proper place for consideration of wrongdoing is the court, or an enforcement agency — whatever it is that has the right to investigate and prosecute. I am afraid the media does not, and it cannot... in an uncontrolled way. The media can break a story, that’s what it is there for, it can be the conscience keeper, but it also has a responsibility. Millions of people in India and elsewhere believe what they read in the newspaper or see on television is the truth — and I think that’s a responsibility every mediaperson has, and he or she needs to remember that it is a very important responsibility, because they are the opinionmakers of any nation.
Read the full transcript at the Indian Express