‘Gadkari bugged’: Manmohan says govt must ‘explain’

Manmohan also said the government should “explain” the development in Parliament.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2014 9:12 am
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari denied any links with any e-rickshaw manufacturing firm. (Source: PTI) Reports about listening devices are highly speculative, said Gadkari. (Source: Express Photo)

Amid reports that bugging devices were found at the residence of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Sunday that the matter should be investigated as “it is not a good omen”. He also said the government should “explain” the development in Parliament.

The Sunday Guardian, founded by M J Akbar, who is now a BJP spokesperson, reported on Sunday that a device was recovered from Gadkari’s bedroom in his 13 Teen Murti Lane residence here, following which a debugging exercise was carried out and more devices were found.

Dismissing the report, Gadkari said, “Reports in a section of the media about listening devices having been found at my New Delhi residence are highly speculative.”

Speaking to reporters at the Iftar hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Singh said if the report was true, it was a serious issue. “If ministers’ houses are bugged, then it is not a good omen. It should be investigated. How can it happen? It should be explained by the government in the House,” he said.

His comments came hours after Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “It reflects a certain lack of faith among ministerial colleagues and an absence of mutual trust. It’s time that both Gadkari, and also the BJP and government, come clean on the issue and place before the people of the country if at all there was bugging and if there was snooping being done… …at whose instance and at whose authority it has been done. And what is the reason, if any, for conducting such snooping.”

— With inputs from ENS, Mumbai

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  1. S
    Jul 28, 2014 at 4:06 am
    Amusing that Mr Maun Sing opened his shut mouth at last and uttered some thing that sounds non sense.Bugging is an old art tried on Arun Jaitly and others during decade long mis governanace of UPA headed then same Singh.Not surprising!!
  2. G
    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:02 am
    Congress persons are hastily making absurd propagation of speculations on top of speculations. The sharp investigative and intelligence services will likely examine and ess the threats. Just take a deep breath and have patience. The folks who were asleep for a decade and still sore about losing their comforts are jumping up and down at a rate higher than a monkey may do at any time. Even the national security or other issues may have to be addressed simultaneously with the accuracy of all reports. Mr. previous PM should have some sense and make any comment in the Parliament or send appropriate message sincerely in writing, rather than in a sociopolitical event. But, the so called leaders in politics look for points to score. Absurd mentality.
  3. R
    Ram Rahim
    Jul 28, 2014 at 2:01 am
    OMG. The Poodle is still kicking around.