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Tap was sting, not politics

THE GOVERNMENT on Saturday dismissed the possibility of any ?political motive? behind the phone tapping of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and said it was a mere sting operation.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 01:05 IST

Home Secy says probe still on, rules out Congress hand

THE GOVERNMENT on Saturday dismissed the possibility of any “political motive” behind the phone tapping of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and said it was a mere sting operation.

Home Secretary V.K. Duggal said the report received from Delhi Police chief K.K. Paul states that the case was a sting operation organised by a private detective for monetary and other gains.

Duggal ruled out the involvement of a political party or a political personality in the case. Police probe, he added, had also given a clean chit to the Centre and the Delhi Government. Both Amar Singh and UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav have been targeting Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleging that she had issued directions for the phone tapping. Duggal said the probe, which was still in progress, revealed that the documents on which the tapping was permitted were forged.

The Delhi Police special cell, meanwhile, questioned Ashok Chaturvedi, the head of Flex Industries. Amar Singh had told the police on Friday that Chaturvedi had tipped him about the phone tapping. “He told me I should meet a person called Rahul who had told him about it,” Singh had said. Chaturvedi told the police that Rahul had told him about the phone tapping. Rahul is none other than Anurag Singh, who has been arrested in the case.