Phone tapping charge: police question Amar Singh

Staff Reporter

It is only to tie up loose endsin the case: police

NEW DELHI: Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh was on Friday questioned by the Delhi Police special cell in connection with the illegal tapping of his telephone.His friend, an Uttar Pradesh-based industrialist, who had purportedly tipped him off about the tapping, will be summoned later as he expressed his inability to appear due to "health reasons."

Mr. Singh arrived at the Lodhi Road office around 2 p.m. to answer queries about the identity of the man who informed him about the tapping. Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Karnal Singh was present to question him. Sources said Mr. Singh told the police that his close friend, Ashok Chaturvedi, owner of Flex Industries in Noida, had a month ago informed him that his Reliance Infocomm telephone was being tapped.

Mr. Chaturvedi is said to have told Mr. Singh that a person by name Rahul met him recently and told him that some people were tapping Mr. Singh's telephone.

Mr. Singh reportedly inquired from the officers about the three accused, Bhupender, Anurag Singh and Kuldeep, who have been arrested in the case.

After a two-hour questioning session,Mr. Singh said: "The police have arrested only small fries so far. The mastermind is still at large."

He alleged that his telephone was being tapped by Central intelligence agencies.

Mr. Chaturvedihas been admitted to Fortis Hospital in Noida and can be questioned only after doctors declare him fit.

Police said they questioned Mr. Singh only to "tie up loose ends."

Investigations indicate that Rahul was none other than Anurag Singh, who has already been arrested. He has a detective agency at Connaught Place and was said to be an expert at computer-related probes.

It is alleged that he came to know about the tapping from Bhupender, the owner of Metro Intelligence Agency,who, according to the police, had got Mr. Singh's telephone tapped with the help of Kuldeep.

The police are looking for Vijay Dhawan, a freelance detective, who operated as a link between Kuldeep and Bhupender.

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