Phone tapping: Amar Singh moves SC

The SP leader alleged that personal phones of UP CM Mulayam and his MP son Akhilesh were also being tapped.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 21:05 IST

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking a judicial inquiry into the alleged tapping of his telephone by the Delhi Police.

Singh said he was filing this petition to prevent the use of indiscriminate telephone tapping by the government machinery in concert with private telecom/cellular operators illegally, resulting in violation of his constitutional rights.

The petition is to be mentioned on Tuesday for early listing.

Singh had on January 9 filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the central and state governments to strictly enforce the guidelines laid down by the court as well as in the Indian Telegraph Act and Rules.

The persons cited as respondents included union ministries of telecommunication and home affairs, chief secretary and home secretary, Delhi government, Delhi Police commissioner, additional police commissioner (crime) and Congress and Reliance Infocomm.

This petition is pending in the court.

Amar Singh alleged that apart from his telephone, personal phones of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, who is a member of parliament, were also tapped.

He sought a full fledged and honest investigation into the telephone tapping through an impartial judicial inquiry and not by investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation, which were controlled by the party in power at the Centre.

The petition sought summoning of the necessary documents including those relating to the issuance of two orders pursuant to which his telephone was tapped.

Amar Singh cited statements by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and former Union minister George Fernandes that they apprehended their telephones were being tapped.

LK Advani had also alleged that his telephone was tapped.

Amar Singh said that there seemed to be a concerted campaign to tap the telephones of leaders of those political parties who were not currently aligned with the ruling coalition at the Centre in a bid to coerce them to toe their line. This, he said, "points to an unhealthy trend for the Indian polity and democracy at large."

He also urged the court to direct Reliance Infocomm to produce all the records pertaining to the interception of the petitioner's number as well as the 322 other numbers mentioned in the list submitted by Reliance to the police department.

The Samajwadi Party leader has alleged that his phone was tapped for around three months at the behest of Sonia Gandhi and party leaders Ambika Soni and Rajiv Shukla.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 19:58 IST