New Delhi : Banking upon the union transport minister Nitin Gadkari’s denial of any bugging device having been found at his residence, the union government is keen to give the entire controversy a quick burial. But the opposition Congress is adamant on a probe into this episode and made this demand clear in the Rajya Sabha as well as outside the parliament.

There were repeated adjournments in the Rajya Sabha and the matter was discussed quite at length with the Congress members Pramod Tiwari, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, pointing out that the issue should be probed so that the “ confidence in the government is restored.”

Tiwari pointed out that when a similar matter concerning the then leader of opposition Arun Jaitley was raised, the government of the day too had brushed it aside, but when a probe was ordered, it did emerge that phone-tapping did take place. “Why is the government scared of any enquiry,”he asked.

Union parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu maintained that everything had been denied by the concerned minister Gadkari, there was no need for a probe.

At the Congress briefing, spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi maintained that one of these denials are comprehensive. ”I think that the country is entitled to get a comprehensive denial in an issue like this. We would like to see that union home minister tells us that so and so agency has physically verified it and on the basis of its reports from different locations, we have found nothing amiss. Merely because the victim is not complaining, we cannot

let the matter rest at that,”

he added.

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