The central government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would issue within 15 days rules, procedures and guidelines to be adopted by telephone service providers while tapping any phone.
Additional Solicitor General GE Vahanvati made this submission to a bench comprising Chief Justice YK Sabharwal and Justice CK Thakkar.
They were dealing with a petition by Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh for a court-monitored probe into the alleged tapping of his telephone by Delhi Police in 2005.
Following the submission, the apex court adjourned the matter for eight weeks.
While hearing Amar Singh's petition, the court had in February 2006 restrained the media from telecasting or publishing the taped conversations he had with film stars, industrialists and others.
The case came to light after some audio CDs and tapes, containing Amar Singh's alleged telephonic conversations, began doing rounds of media offices.
Amar Singh accused Delhi Police of tapping his telephone under instructions from the Congress-led central government.
He produced some purported official letters on the basis of which his telephone service provider Reliance Infocom — owned by industrialist Anil Ambani — began intercepting his telephonic talks.
Even as Delhi Police launched a probe into the tapping, the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh instituted a parallel probe into the matter.
While Delhi Police termed the letters produced by Amar Singh as forged and fictitious, the Uttar Pradesh police vouched for the authenticity of them.
With the police of two states reaching dramatically opposite conclusions, Amar Singh moved the Supreme Court to seek a court-monitored investigation into interception of his telephone.