Radia Tapes: 043 - Radia, Senthil Chengalvarayan
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, Niira hi, Senthil here.
Senthil: Hi Niira, Senthil here.
Niira: Hi hi Senthil! How are you?
Senthil: How are you?
Niira: I'm fine -
Senthil: Can I have two minutes?
Niira: Yeah please, tell me.
Senthil: This is regarding the rather unfortunate thing we had with Mukesh and children.
Niira: Oh yes, you've seen the letter.
Senthil: I've seen the letter. In fact but uh, to be very honest with you, uh, we've been working on an apology for the last three days. I mean, Raghav got me and Harish involved in this.
Senthil: And uh, I just, in fact just this morning I had a meeting with (inaudible).
Senthil: I mean from our side, uh, clearly I mean, it's not unconcern we've been rather concerned, children are completely out of bounds so we are willing to make a completely uncaveated uh apology, without I mean uh, complete uncaveated, completely non-grudging apology so we'd in fact, in fact I'd already written an apology and I just sent it to IG this morning for...to get his opinion on it.
Senthil: So uh, because this is just to tell you that we're working on the apology and we'll send it across, we'll send it across uh, ASAP. Now I suppose we'll have to send it across in the lawyer format...
Niira: No but we'll also need you to put it in the print, in print form.
Senthil: Completely completely! No no no, this is an apology that we're going to carry in print.
Niira: Senthil, let me tell you one...the what...what really has hurt them is Inderjit's response to my colleague which was you know, "What say", you know, "Get your - check your sources, we've checked ours." And I think -
Senthil: No no, to me it's not, to me it's not even a matter of sources, frankly I mean, my line of - okay I try to read off something that I've written to Raghav, I've,... I've made it clear that they should never have dragged the Ambani children into this.
Senthil: In fact children should be out of bounds from the entire public eye. Now this... (Inaudible) on their academic credentials we implied that (inaudible) because of this. I... I (inaudible) any record of their academic performance, But that apart, I don't think we did the correct thing and the whole episode could be fairly damaging to the psyche of children at that age.
Senthil: So I therefore think our apology needs be ungrudging and without any caveat. We need to apologise for our actions because it is nor correct and not just because it has caused distress. And that'll be the correct thing. No I completely agree with you, I mean there is no question of -
Niira: But Senthil, the information itself was wrong na
Senthil: - That to me is secondary, I mean, to me, we overstepped the line by getting into territory that is uh...you know, into an entirely personal (inaudible) for children so that we completely overstepped it.
Senthil: It didn't matter whether we had right information, wrong information, we'll also carry - we'll also completely carry a line saying that it's inaccurate.
Niira: You see, well, I can tell you one thing, Inderjit is certainly out of bounds.
Senthil: Uh, uh...Inderjit?
Niira: Meaning they're just not going to allow Inderjit any access at all.
Senthil: No uh (laughs) -
Niira: I can tell you that, I mean, it's just out of bounds, I think the family is so hurt by it that...
Senthil: No, I can understand, and I would feel ashamed, in fact, to meet any of them.
Niira: Hmm. So will you send me a copy of the apology first, or what will you do?
Senthil: Okay. What I'll do is, we'll get into two loops. One I'll send you, I'll keep you in the loop.
Niira: Uh huh.
Senthil: So I'll have uh our lawyer respond to the note of the (inaudible) and I'll just send you a copy of the apology that we are going to - that we are writing -
Niira: Uh huh.
Senthil: - And we can also work on a personal level, see what, whether that is acceptable or whether you want something else.
Niira: Will you put it on my email?
Senthil: I'll do - I'll put it there, can I just have your email again, I'm just -
Niira: Yeah, it's N-double I-R-A -
Niira: Double I-R-A. I'll just SMS it to you.
Senthil: Okay, yeah.
Niira: Yeah? I'll just -