Expressing concern over attempts to access phone call details of Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Friday that the government was not involved in keeping tabs on phone conversations of MPs.
Call records not disclosed
The Home Minister, making a statement in the Rajya Sabha, offered details of the case and said that there was no tapping of Jaitley’s phone. Records of calls he made were never disclosed, he said, asserting that the government was not involved in tapping phones.
“In the case being investigated by Delhi Police, it was a case of unauthorisedly trying to access call data records. This was not a case of telephone tapping,” Shinde said.
“The Delhi Police informed us that they came to know that some person had sought call data records of Arun Jaitley. Police came to know about it after the nodal officer of Airtel asked the ACP operation of Delhi police to reconfirm the request, through email. Since no such request was made, the confirmation was not given, and the call data records were not disclosed,” Shinde said.
BJP slams govt
Opposition members however slammed the government, saying the statement did not disclose anything.
Responding to concerns of members, Shinde asserted that the government was not indulging in any phone tapping. “We want to say the phone of Arun Jaitely was never asked (by the government) to be intercepted. The constable was doing it for a private agency. It is very important for us as well, we are also worried. If the leader of the opposition’s phone is tapped... He is not an ordinary person,” Shinde said.
Probe under way
The home minister added that since investigations were still at the preliminary stage, no more information could be provided.