BEGINNING THE probe into the alleged tapping of telephones of VVIPS and bureaucrats by Essar Group between 2001 and 2006, Delhi Police Friday asked Suren Uppal, who moved the Delhi High Court seeking an inquiry into the tapping, to join the police investigation.
In his PIL before the High Court, Uppal had asked for a court-monitored probe into the alleged tapping of phones and constitution of a special investigation team.
In a communication to Uppal on Friday, the police asked him to join the probe concerning “complaint regarding alleged illegal and unauthorised interception, tapping and recording of phone calls by Essar House during the period 2001 to 2005”.
The communication stated: “An enquiry into the matter is being conducted by a committee constituted by Delhi Police. You are requested to join the enquiry proceedings before the committee.”
The Home Ministry in July had told the High Court that the police had been asked to initiate an inquiry.
Uppal confirmed the letter from the police and welcomed the development. “I received a letter from the Deputy Commissioner of Police this evening. They have constituted a committee to look into the case. I have been asked to be a part of a meeting at the police headquarters at 11 am on Saturday. This is a welcome step,” he told The Indian Express.
“The aim is to ensure that a credible agency investigates the matter. Even in my letter to the Prime Minister, I had requested that the names of investigating officers should be brought to my notice and only then would I be ready to hand over the recordings and books,” he said.
Sources in the Delhi Police said that an SIT under the supervision of special commissioner of police has been formed to probe the case. Sources said the SIT is approaching the persons related to the case . “They will soon register a case once they end their preliminary investigations,” said a source.
Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma had ordered the probe in July soon after the High Court ordered the government to initiate investigation into the matter.