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UPA govt tapped phones: report
Published on 24 Apr. 2010 12:28 AM IST
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In a shocking revelation, a Delhi based magazine has revealed that the UPA government at the Centre was indulged in tapping the phones of senior political leaders including its own and gaining information on issues ranging from the IPL to the India-US nuclear deal.
The Outlook magazine, in its upcoming issue, claims to have got authentic information from highly placed sources that the government was tapping NCP supreme Sharad Pawar’s phone when he was talking to IPL chief Lalit Modi.
He was purportedly discussing a deal with Modi, the report says, according to ZeeNews. “The recorded conversations allegedly threw up inside details of the deals that were stuck in the bidding process for the various teams,” the magazine said.
The phone of CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat was also being tapped in June 2008 when the India-US nuclear deal was being discussed in Parliament. Karat led the charge of Opposition against the deal.
The report goes on to reveal the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was also in the line of leak when he visited Delhi in October 2007.
He was heard discussing central funds for the Kochi river project with a colleague. Shockingly, Congress leader Digvijay Singh was also on the radar. His phone was tapped in February 2007. He was discussing poll candidates with a Punjab Congress leader for Congress Working Committee election.
Political parties criticised the government for the alleged resort to snooping on leaders.
Reacting to the expose, CPI’s D Raja condemned the tapping and said it seemed as if ‘we were living under a military regime.’
CPI (M) General Secretary Prakash Karat on Friday termed as “illegal and intolerable” the reported tapping of phones of political leaders and asked the government to take action against those responsible for the acts.
He said further safeguards should be taken against such misuse of security agencies.

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