Delhi: In a sensational case, Defence Ministry authorities have
detected alleged bugging of the office room of defence minister AK Antony
and Intelligence Bureau (IB) has been asked to probe the matter.
Sources in the ministry said on Friday that the development came to notice
on February 16 following which defence secretary Shashikant Sharma took up
the matter with IB for a probe.
The matter was brought to notice by two army personnel who were manning
the telephone lines in the ministry.
After this was brought to notice, ministry officials refused to get their
phone lines checked by the army personnel, they said.
The matter had come to light soon after the long-drawn battle between the
army and the Defence Ministry over the issue of General VK Singh's age
came to rest following an intervention by the Supreme Court.
General Singh's age issue was resolved after the apex court forced him to
withdraw his petition on February 10 where he was asked to accept May 10,
1950 as his date of birth.
The army has not yet commented on the development. Last year, a similar
incident was reported from the office of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee
when snooping devices allegedly were found from there.
An inquiry was ordered by the Finance Ministry after adhesive-like
substances were recovered from his office, raising suspicion that they
might have been used to implant electronic listening devices.