Home Ministry sources on Monday said the ministry had received Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal’s complaint to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the alleged tapping of telephone conversations of corporate chiefs, cabinet ministers and bureaucrats by the Essar Group, first reported in The Indian Express, which was forwarded to the MHA by the PMO for “appropriate action.”
The 29-page complaint to the Prime Minister was submitted on June 1, 2016, by Uppal, who claims to represent Essar employee Albasit Khan, who allegedly tapped the phones.
A senior official said that Uppal’s complaint has been received in the Home Ministry, and a final call would be taken on Wednesday on the next course of action.
“The complaint has been received. We will now have to examine it and seek legal opinion on the further course of action. We will have to study whether the Home Ministry can initiate suo motu action and order a probe, or whether a complaint from one of the persons whose phone was tapped is required,” the official said.
As reported in The Indian Express, between 2001 and 2006 — spanning one NDA and one UPA government — the Essar Group allegedly tapped several telephones of VVIPs, including Cabinet ministers, corporate chiefs Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani and many bureaucrats.