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Updated: March 3, 2012 00:11 IST

Defence Ministry denies report of bugging in Antony's office

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Defence Minister A.K.Antony.
The Hindu Defence Minister A.K.Antony.

Was the office of the Defence Minister A.K. Antony subjected to electronic eavesdropping? The Ministry of Defence denied a report of “bugging,” stating that nothing was found during routine sweep of the offices of the Minister.

Reacting to a report in an English news weekly on Friday that the Military Intelligence (MI) found some activity during a regular electronic sweep on February 16, the Ministry issued a statement. “Reports of ‘bugging' in South Block in a section of the media are hereby denied. Routine checks are conducted in the offices of Raksha Mantri and other officers in South Block. Nothing has been found in these checks,” Defence Ministry chief spokesman Sitanshu Kar said.

On its part, sources in the Army maintained that the MI had brought to the notice of the Ministry that its team during routine check detected “suspect activity” last month.

The magazine reported that the Defence Secretary had called in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to do a second sweep. However, the Ministry asserted that “such sweeps by the IB are conducted from ‘time-to-time' even after the MI goes through the task of checking the offices of the Defence Minister and other top officers.”

Incidentally, the report of alleged bugging in the Defence Minister's office, since denied by the government, becomes the second instance when the office of a senior Minister holding a sensitive portfolio has figured in such an activity. A few months ago, a row erupted after the Finance Minister's office was found to have a sticky substance underneath his desk.

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If the office our defence ministry is being getting bugged, it is a
threat to the nation. immediate action should be taken against the
culprit and the offender should be punished.

from:  Aatish
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 19:32 IST

Or someone from the Ministry of Defense itself could have planted it
just for making a case out of it and to target the Chief of Army and
bring him down, at least that is what they have been pushing for in the
Chief's age issue.
I would trust the army men and movie actors more than the politicians.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 19:31 IST

Whoever bugged the office of the Defence Minister must also have bugged the office/residence of the Chief of Army Staff! Perhaps of Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi too.

from:  taffazull
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 17:06 IST

Is anyone surprised? It would indeed be really astonishing if we were to find out that
there is any senior minister whose office is not bugged. Our security and access
systems are usually in an abysmal state. If we don't find more bugs, then it is either
because they are well-hidden or maybe our rival states do not find it of interest to
eavesdrop on most ministers. They know that there is nothing relevant to be found
there anyway!

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 15:20 IST

If the office of the Defence Minister of the country is bugged, that speaks volumes for the shody security system our government is maintaining. In a troubled world the nation should be worried about this state of affairs, Media will talk about it for a day or two and forget about it. Whatever be its shortcomings no opprobrium sticks to the Manmohan Singh government. Good for the government, but bad for the country!

from:  K. Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 15:12 IST

Technology growth is tremendous. In many cases it is used for illegal activities. The inquiry should speed up to find the culprits and get them maximum possible punishment. This act is a threat to our nation.

from:  Jesinth
Posted on: Mar 2, 2012 at 14:58 IST
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