Phone tapping: Shinde promises inquiry

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 11:40 hrs

Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of an alleged attempt to tap the phone of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde on Friday assured of proper inquiry into the matter.

He said the government was not involved in the case.

"This was not the case of phone tapping...The call data records were not disclosed," Shinde said.

"The government has taken the issue seriously.... We will conduct a proper inquiry. The Leader of Opposition in the upper house is not an ordinary person. We are concerned about it," Shinde said.

Earlier last week, the opposition had demanded an apology from the government, to which it had assured the former that it will collate the information on the alleged tapping and present it before the Upper House.

In fact, the political row over the alleged phone-tapping issue had compelled the House to adjourn for the day then.

While junior Home Minister RPN Singh said he would not make any comment on the issue before the statement, another Congress leader, Harish Rawat, hinted that the tapping could be owing to BJP´s internal power struggle and squabbling.

Jaitley himself said he has no clue to who was doing it and hoped that the Delhi Police should honestly go into the matter and take right action.

JD(U)´ leader Shivanand Tiwari said the government has restrained phone-tapping, but since the machines are already available in the market, it is hard to control such actions.

Earlier, the Delhi Police had arrested constable Arvind Dabas and three private detectives, who according to the police had been allegedly trying to access the call details of Jaitley´s phone.

Dabas has been charged with the allegations of using a senior´s computer to get access to the politician´s phone records by sending an e-mail to the mobile service recorder, said reports.

The police has reportedly suspected a "larger conspiracy", as according to them the accused have tried to tap the cellphones of at least 12 politicians.

In 2005, Anurag Singh, one of the private detectives arrested in Delhi last week, was also accused of tapping the phone of former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh.

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