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Politics over bugs found in Pranab’s office
New Delhi, JUN 22 (AGENCIES):
Published on 23 Jun. 2011 12:36 AM IST
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The corridors of power have been abuzz with questions as to who bugged Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office, after as many as 16 adhesive sticks were recovered form sensitive spots in the ministry.
The government though has maintained that there is no need for a probe as the Intelligence Bureau has ruled out spying. The Opposition has alleged an inside job and the question now is whether the government is hiding the truth. A day after the Indian Express showed how Pranab Mukherjee had reported an alleged security breach in his north block office, the BJP has been on the offensive, with Sushma Swaraj continuing to lead the charge.
“Was it the government spying on its own Finance Minister or was it a corporate house? Either ways, it’s a serious issue,” Swaraj said.
The man at the centre of the storm though remained unperturbed, maintaining that the issue is a closed chapter since no actual bugging devices were found..
“All these are bogus things, don’t waste time on these,” Pranab said.
While this may be a closed chapter for Pranab Mukherjee, there are several questions that still remain unanswered. Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy, who has been targeting Home Minister P Chidambaram, didn’t miss the opportunity.
“According to my information, this step was taken on the order of the Home Minister P Chidambaram,” Swamy alleged. But in another significant development, powers of surveillance will also be given to the newly set up directorate of criminal investigation, under the Finance Ministry which means that special agents will be sweeping the Finance Ministry for bugs instead of the Intelligence Bureau, a notification to this effect will be issued soon.
The Prime Minister’s Office has so far been silent on the issue even though it was to the Prime Minister that Pranab had red flagged the issue. But in the season of scams and controversies, the chewing gum incident has given another opportunity for the swirling rumour mills in the corridors of power.
Unanswered questions
Could 16 chewing gums been accidentally stuck in various rooms in the north block simply by accident?
Why did the Finance Minister choose to call in a private agency for the debugging, and not the Intelligence Bureau which comes under the Home Ministry?
While no microphones or bugging devices were found, is it possible that they were removed before the debugging was done?
Why was a matter that was raised in September last year kept under wraps for so long?
Could corporates be behind it, or was it inter-ministerial rivalry?

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