Digvijay Singh demands probe into bugging

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 23, 2011 16:40 hrs

New Delhi: Caught in a cleft over the alleged bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's offices, the government and Congress party continued to downplay the issue but Digvijay Singh would not let it rest when he demanded an inquiry.

Opposition parties sought to maintain pressure demanding that it come out with whole truth but the government said there was nothing "to take forward".

Notwithstanding the statements of Pranab Mukherjee and Cabinet spokesperson Ambika Soni dismissing the report of bugging as bogus, Singh said he was surprised by the report.

"I was literally surprised that Finance Minister's office may be tapped, may be bugged. This is something which is unheard of and I think the government should take a sort of view on this and should enquire into who is responsible," he said.

He was asked whether he was "appalled" to read about the suspected tapping of the Finance Minister's office in the backdrop of indications that 'all is not well' inside the Congress and the UPA.

Asked whether the issue was a shame on the government, he remarked, "Until and unless you know who has done it, how can you sort of say anything like that."

"Naturally, yes", he responded when asked whether the issue needed to be investigated.

Congress spokespersons have so far been maintaining that the Opposition was making a mountain out of a molehill by turning the matter into a political row.

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