New Delhi: Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh on Friday alleged that his phones were tapped at the behest of a journalist-turned-Congress MP and industrialist, whose name he had divulged to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

``I met the Prime Minister at a function this morning and used the opportunity to tell him the name of the industrialist who was behind the nefarious tapping incident,'' Mr. Singh told a hurriedly-called press conference here.

Reiterating that it was ``nothing short of a sting operation,'' he alleged that ``the plot for keeping total surveillance on me had been hatched by a journalist-MP, Congress spokesperson Ambika Soni and the 10, Janpath, people.''

In reply to a question, Mr. Singh said he was being targeted by the Congress because of his party's strong position in Uttar Pradesh and his demand for bringing to book those named in the Volcker Report on the `oil-for-food' scam. ``I have raised the issue of phone tapping time and again in Parliament and the Prime Minister agreed with me that it was a serious matter,'' he said. Asked why he was not filing an FIR against Reliance Infocomm, which is accused of being involved in the tapping, he said he was taking legal opinion and would proceed accordingly.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said on Friday that the Government would reply to Mr. Singh's allegations ``in a proper manner and at an appropriate forum.'' - UNI