Ganu-datacom-Tony dirty tricks-20090613-124817

  • Ganu-datacom-Tony dirty tricks-20090613-124817 

Shuddhabrata Sengupta has transcribed this tape. Please crosscheck.

Recording of Conversation between Nira Radia (NR) and Somebody Called Ganu (GN)
Ring Ring

GN : Hi

NR : Hi Ganu, you called, sorry .

GN : Yeah, yeah, Sorry to disturb you on a Saturday. Just wanted to tell you about this data com and what not.. see there is some continuous rumour about this Venugopal dude buying out these guys

GN : and looking for some foreign partner with the consolidated stake

NR :Buying out Nahata, right?

GN : Nahata, yeah, I think he is telling people that “I (he) have, you know, agreed with Nahata on buying him out, and now I am going to look for an overseas partner and do you a major collaboration blah blah blah

NR : Right

GN : Because you know I think nobody believes that he can himself invest and do a, you know, a big time launch or anything, but he is telling everybody that “I am going to get a partner”

NR : Yeah, but no foreign collaborator is coming on the table with him, na

GN : Yeah, yeah, so far nothing, but this is what he is telling people again and again. I am not even sure that the Nahata thing is a done deal or still, whatever hanging. but this is what he is telling people

NR : I would imagine, Ganu that he, Nahata still hasn’t exited, that is something I know from about a week or ten days ago

GN :hm, hm, hm

GN : (unclear) had himself told me that “this guy keeps giving me stories but doesnt do anything”

NR : Haan, voi, voi, these people have no credibility na, nobody believes them

GN : right, right…

NR : so, that’s why he has started this new story that “its not just me, some foreign partner is going to come on board and all that”

GN : Right

NR : Accha, yesterday, this story, when this undersea cable business was being denied, these Bharti guys were very funny, you know, they were saying, we dont connect, they were not denying it outright, I dont know why

GN : No, no, Ganu, the reason is,

NR : The stories – they have a standard statement which is that “we dont comment on market speculation, we dont confirm or deny”

GN : Han, han, han

NR : But I spoke to them, and seriously, because we had already denied it, there was no need, for them to say anything else.

GN : Ok, fine

NR : I had a big hoo-ha with Rahul Joshi and your people in…Javed and Bodhi (?)

GN : haan haan

NR : because they had come to me with a story last week, um…on day before.

GN : Haan

NR : I told them you please carry it five coloumn, front page, headline, largest font you can get, and I’ll leave it to the Tatas to decide what they want to do with you guys

GN : Haan

NR : Because the story is not true

GN :Haan, haan

NR : SEBi has taken, I mean CNBC has taken it up, we have sent it to SEBI

GN : Yeah, yeah

NR : Siddharth and I, we have filed a complaint against CNBC with SEBI

GN : Haan, you know, so stupid, you know, despite the outright denial, they kept on running it till late in the evening

NR : yeah, yeah, yeah, they think that you are screwing their source, the intent of the articel was to cause destruction in the company

GN : and if Bharti had also said, you know, outright denied it, saying you know. that there was nothing like it, then you know, it would have been much more difficult for anybody to speculate. These guys, they were trying to tell people – “nahi nahi nahi, yeh to Bharti ne hi story leak kiya hai, tabhi to woh deny nahi kar raha hai” and all that. But of course it was very clear that its all total humbug.

NR : Yeah, its all utter nonsense Ganu. Ganu what is your status on Javed, he is with ADAG?

GN : Yeah, yeah, yeah, he is totally on board with them. But that Mumbai guy, that Jhunjhunwala

NR : Haan

GN :So, he went twice to Mumbai to meet him, and this Tony also, it seems, is not going, or whatever, or his going is delayed, or whatever

NR : No he is not going.They spread a rumour

GN Haan

NR : They tried to plant Venkatesh back with us.

GN :Haan

NR : Because Venkatesh said “I have left them and I want to come back to you”

GN : Aa Haan

NR : And tried to spill all the beans, Tony is going, all that, the fight with Jhunjhunwala, thinking that we’ll take him back, but we refused to take him back, then he was at Ad Factor for three months, and now he is going back to them

GN : He is going to Ad Factor

NR : No, He had gone to Ad Factor for three months, now, because he cant go back to them straight-away, na

GN : Ah, oh, ok, ok, ok, aah, dirty tricks department,

NR : Yeah, yeah

GN : Good that you, decided, you know not to…

NR : I would never take him back now

GN : yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, so what do you think, this Tony is going, or not going, what is the truth

NR : I think this is just rumours, they just do this to distract people, I dont think Tony will go anywhere

GN : Because you kow why, because he is actively, you know every second or third day, he is sitting with Javed for coffee or lunch or whatever, you know, these two three people, this Arun Kumar, yeh, voh, they keep planting something or the other

NR : yeah, yeah

GN : Most of the time it turns out to be some fraud or speculation only,

NR : Correct, correct, no, no, let it be, just let it be

GN : and you know first they will pick on, this thing, yer Tata-Tele, then they will say something about unitech, third day they will spreadsomething about somebody else, this is how they are operating

NR : hmm, hmm, hmm

GN : And I think yesterday, was also this fellows wedding, no, this Mittal’s daughter’s wedding… on the day of the wedding, they thought probably that Bharti would not be very active into getting into denying this story, maybe, because Mittal would have been busy with his own function and whatever,

NR : Correct, correct, correct

GN : So thats what.They thought, you know, it would be left to Manoj Kohli, Manoj Kohli it ni jaldi kuch karega nahi, standard is statement, is type ka kuch karte rahenge, tab tak rumour speculate karte raho.

NR : Correct, correct, correct

GN : Stupid guys, anyway

NR : Yeah, yeah, never mind, (laughs)

GN :We should be on air any time, next week onwards, we are testing and all that, so that we are there by budget.

NR : Great, great, great.

GN : so, that is first week of july,

NR : ok

GN : hm, in the meanwhile I will give you a call on Monday or send you message

NR : lets meet, lets meet Tuesday, yeah?

GN : Tuesday?

NR : Yeah

GN : Ok, fine, cool

NR : Great



1 Response to “Ganu-datacom-Tony dirty tricks-20090613-124817”

  1. 1 SD December 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Venugopal dude = Venugopal Dhoot

    they were saying, we dont connect, they were not denying it outright, I dont know why = they were saying, we don’t “comment”, they were not denying it outright, I don’t know why

    Thanks. It’s now on OL

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