Friday, March 1, 2013

Jaitley’s call data records not disclosed: Shinde

NEW DELHI, March 1, 2013

Attempts had been made to access Arun Jaitley's phone records but no information had been obtained, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Friday in reference to allegations that the opposition leader's phones had been tapped.

"This was not the case of phone tapping. The Delhi Police has made some arrests, they said we came to know some person sought to know call record data of Arun Jaitley... The call data records were not disclosed," Mr. Shinde told Rajya Sabha.

He also informed the House that four arrests had been made.

His statement was, however, rejected by opposition members who said it contained no information at all.

\'A serious matter\'

"This government has continuously engaged in snooping and there are several agents in this regime who are involved in spying on leaders. First this government was found spying on its ministers, then its allies and now the opposition leaders. This is a serious matter," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters outside Parliament House.

BJP demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should come out with a clarification on the issue.

Asked if the tapping of Mr. Jaitley's phone was being done at the behest of his detractors in BJP, Mr. Naqvi vehemently denied it.

JD(U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said there were reports that his phone as well as those of his party colleague N.K. Singh and SP leader Ramgopal Yadav have been tapped.

"Who is tapping these phones and who is getting them tapped? More worrisome is that the machine used for tapping these phones have been brought to the country in big numbers and it is very easy to tap the phones," he said.
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