Essar phone tap: Complainant meets police, seeks ‘fair’ use of evidence

In June, The Indian Express had first reported on the alleged tapping of phone conversations of corporate chiefs, Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats by the Essar Group between 2001 and 2006.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2016 3:09 am
essar 759 In June, The Indian Express had first reported on the alleged tapping of phone conversations of corporate chiefs, Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats by the Essar Group between 2001 and 2006.

Supreme Court advocate Suren Uppal, the main complainant in the alleged phone-tapping of VVIPs by Essar Group, met Delhi Police officers Saturday and briefed them for more than two hours on evidence in his possession.

Uppal, who had filed a PIL in Delhi High Court in July, seeking a court-monitored inquiry in the case by a Special Investigation Team (SIT), is likely to submit all evidence related to the case on September 17, when he has been called next to join the probe.

According to Uppal, before agreeing to submit the evidence he got the investigators to sign a letter in which he “asked” the police to use the evidence “sensitively and fairly”. Besides details of conversations that are of “national interest”, he said many “personal conversations” were also allegedly tapped, and it would be “embarrassing for family members of the people” whose phones were tapped if the details are “leaked”.

He said: “I have given them a letter and have asked them to assure that personal conversation will not be leaked, and not used as a political tool. The police have signed the letter and said that they will maintain utmost secrecy.”

In June, The Indian Express had first reported on the alleged tapping of phone conversations of corporate chiefs, Cabinet ministers and bureaucrats by the Essar Group between 2001 and 2006.

Uppal said he told the six police officials during Saturday’s meeting that CDs containing phone conversations, log books, electronic data and e-mails in his possession show the alleged nexus between the corporate giant and politicians. According to Uppal, he also informed the police that his 29-page complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 1 contained information, “of which much of the content would have been lost by the time it had reached MHA”.