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AG gets calls from women impersonating Sonia

HT Correspondent and Agencies  New Delhi, September 23, 2013
First Published: 15:47 IST(23/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:04 IST(23/9/2013)

The home ministry and the Delhi Police have launched a probe into alleged hoax calls made to attorney general GM Vahanvati by a woman impersonating as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and expressing displeasure at how high-profile cases were being handled.

The Delhi Police and the CBI have reportedly identified the caller as an employee at a Public Sector Undertaking known for her accurate imitation of Sonia Gandhi's voice, amid speculations that it could have been an attempt to influence the coal allocation scam case at the instance of a more powerful person.

The caller, identifying herself as the UPA chairperson, called the top lawyer on September 5 and 11, before hearings on the coal block allocation scam.

The caller is learnt to have advised Vahanvati to lie low. But the caller sounded so convincingly like Gandhi that Vahanvati contacted senior Congress leaders.

As the Gandhi was in New York for a medical check-up at the time of the calls, the attorney general suspected something wrong and reported the calls to the home ministry.

A news channel quoted Congress MP Ajay Maken as saying, "It is a very small matter and has nothing to do with the party. Why should the party be dragged into it?"


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