Cong threatens to raise snooping issue in Parliament

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 16, 2015 00:02 IST

The Congress on Sunday threatened to take its protests against the government allegedly snooping on opposition leaders to Parliament, claiming that phones of senior opposition leaders were being "tapped" and surveillance being carried on them.

"The present government has much to answer when it comes to right of privacy of citizens. They are now trying to do it everywhere what was happening in one state. Both Modi and Amit Shah are now here," Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma told reporters on Sunday. "It is not confined to one person. It is much deeper."

The BJP promptly dismissed the allegation. "This is absolutely an atrocious charge by the Congress," environment minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters in Hyderabad.

Back in Delhi, Sharma conceded he did not have proof to back his allegation as "letters are not sent for phone tapping to political leaders, judges and others".

He stressed that the Opposition had raised the issue of illegal phone tapping at the last session too, but home minister Rajnath Singh had denied the allegation.

The Congress attempt to broaden the attack comes after it had accused the government of using Delhi Police to carry out political espionage targeting party scion Rahul Gandhi. A police team had made "unwarranted and weird" inquiries about him.

Sharma also went ahead to slam the BJP over its alliance with PDP in Jammu and Kashmir and asked the party to "clear its stand" on Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam's controversial remarks

"Many questions have been raised, which are directly linked to the nation's integrity and unity. BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should clear their stand on Alam's release and his statements.

He also referred to reports that plans were afoot in Punjab, where BJP formed a government with SAD, to celebrate the anniversaries of Indira Gandhi's assassins Kehar Singh, Satwant Singh and Beant Singh as well as the assassins of General Vaidya.

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