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Gadkari’s house bugged?

Gadkari’s house bugged?
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Gadkari’s house bugged? The nation’s capital was agog with reports of listening devices planted at the official residence of Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari at 13 Teen Murti Lane here.

  • Listening devices said to be of high quality and western make
  • Union Minister tweets that reports are ‘highly speculative’
  • Incident reflects lack of faith and mutual trust among ministers: Congress
  • There should be an investigation: Manmohan Singh

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

New Delhi: The nation’s capital was agog with reports of listening devices planted at the official residence of Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari at 13 Teen Murti Lane here.

A media report claims high quality listening devices of western make have been found at Gadkari’s residence. However, Gadkari himself dismissed the reports as “highly speculative.” The recent Central government’s warning to the US in the wake of the US spy agencies snooping on the BJP also lent credence to the report. Sources close to the Union minister denied that any such devices were recovered.

They added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat were briefed about the media speculation. The report said that following the accidental discovery of the devices, government agencies performed a debugging exercise at the residence. Taking serious note of the reports, the Congress party said on Sunday that the incident reflectd "lack of faith and mutual trust" among the ministers of the NDA Government. It demanded that the government come clean on the issue.

"If reports of bugging of senior Cabinet Minister Nitin Gadkari, who is also a former BJP president, are correct, they are indeed extremely serious. It reflects a certain lack of faith amongst ministerial colleagues and an absence of mutual trust.

It's time that both Gadkari and also the BJP and the government come clean on the issue and place before the people of the country if at all there was bugging and if there was snooping being done,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

Another Congress leader Manish Tewari questioned as to how the information appeared in the public space and said that if an inquiry had been ordered, full facts should be laid on the floor of Parliament.

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