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Mar 01, 2013 at 09:17am IST

Arun Jaitley surveillance issue: Home Minister likely to speak in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is likely to speak on the alleged phone tapping of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. This comes days after the issue caused a ruckus in Rajya Sabha, forcing the Chairman to adjourn the House briefly. When they reassembled, Shinde said he would collect information on the matter and place it before the House soon.

Condemning the "unauthorised surveillance" on Jaitley, the BJP on Saturday had said it will not take things "lying down" and asked the Home Minister to clarify on who ordered the collection of his call details.

BJP President Rajnath Singh also termed the issue as "serious" and demanded that all those involved in the incident should be brought to book. "Further investigations are on. Whoever is involved in such an act should be brought to book. Someone who has dared to get the call details in such an unauthorised way is a serious matter," Singh said.

Party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said, "BJP condemns this unauthorised surveillance on its leader Arun Jaitley. It is a serious issue. The Home Minister owes an explanation and must come clean as to who ordered the collection of information on call details of Jaitley."

Earlier, Delhi Police constable Arvind Dabas who was arrested on charges of attempting to get the call details of the BJP leader, had sought bail from a Delhi court claiming he was falsely implicated in the case due to 'personal animosities' in the department. The bail plea was moved before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash who issued notice to the Delhi Police seeking its reply on March 2.