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Amar Singh to move SC in phone-tapping case

Accusing Sonia Gandhi of ordering the tapping of his telephone, Amar Singh said he would move the SC.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 18:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi of ordering the tapping of his telephone, Samajwadi party leader Amar Singh on Thursday said he would move the Supreme Court "very soon" demanding an impartial inquiry into the entire episode.

"I will drag all concerned to the court and prove my point," he told reporters after a half-an-hour meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

Coming down heavily on Congress General Secretary Ambika Soni for her remarks in the episode, Singh said he did not want a CBI probe into the issue, as suggested by her.

"It is well-known that CBI becomes the tool and arm of the ruling dispensation. It has given a clean chit to Satish Sharma in the Petroleum scam after UPA came to power at the Centre. It also cleared BSP leader Mayawati in the Taj corridor scam. Under these circumstances, how can I believe CBI," he asked.

The Samajwadi Party leader praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for describing the tapping as a "serious matter" and said other Congress leaders remarks on the issue were "very cheap."

On the arrest of a private detective for the tapping, Singh said he did not want "any cover up on the issue. I want the real culprits to be booked. The man arrested, under police torture, may even name me."

Only a probe by non-Congress, non-BJP Chief Ministers would be "impartial and unbiased," he said.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 18:16 IST