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Sonia getting Amar Singh?s phone tapped: Mulayam

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today once again accused the Union Government of tapping the phone of Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh in Delhi. Yadav said it was being done at the instruction of the AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Yadav said there was a plan to release the transcripts of tapes to media in January.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 01:42 IST

CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav today once again accused the Union Government of tapping the phone of Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh in Delhi. Yadav said it was being done at the instruction of the AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Yadav said there was a plan to release the transcripts of tapes to media in January.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the chief minister said principal secretary (Home) Delhi R Narayan Swami had issued two orders on October 22 and November 9, 2005 to the joint commissioner north zone (crime) Delhi Ranjit Narayan for tapping the phone (No- 011-39565414) installed at the Lodhi Estate residence of Amar Singh in Delhi. Yadav said the phone calls coming on this number were also simultaneously diverted to mobile phone number 9811358986.

The chief minister said he had taken up the matter with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Delhi police commissioner Dr KK Paul. Yadav said while the prime minister said he would look into the matter, Patil said the letter authorising the phone tapping was found to be forged.
Giving clean chit to the prime minister and his senior cabinet colleagues, Yadav said the whole conspiracy was hatched at 10 Janpath.

He said Congress had been making desperate efforts to destabilize all non-Congress governments and there was special emphasis on UP in this connection.
Claiming that he had himself heard the tapped phone conversations, the chief minister said apart from his conversations, calls of SP leaders Ramgopal Yadav, Akhilesh Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav had also been tapped.

The chief minister said the whole exercise, in which CBI and IB were also involved, was aimed at destabilising his government.

He even said the “Governors are seeking help from IB and CBI directors” to pull down non-Congress governments in the country. While the chief minister said DPC Paul had confirmed about the tapping, Paul has denied confirming it.

Refusing to withdraw support to the UPA government on the issue, Yadav said the Centre should probe into the tapping episode.

Flaying Sonia Gandhi for plotting against his government, Yadav said he would expose 10 Janpath on the Volcker issue. Yadav said he had all the details about transaction of money through a London-based industrialist in the Oilgate scam.

He said the conspiracy was reminiscent of “Italian Mafiosi culture”.

Pointing an accusing finger at Sonia Gandhi, the chief minister said former foreign minister Natwar Singh had been made a “scapegoat” in Volcker case. He said Justice Pathak committee, which had been probing into the case, had not been provided facilities to complete the investigation.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 01:42 IST