FP NEWS SERVICE New Delhi
The government exhibited a doublespeak on the suspected bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjees office that prompted him to write to the Prime Minister for a probe.
The Prime Ministers Office
( PMO) says it is a matter of States security that cannot be divulged while S S Palanimanickam, a junior minister in the Finance Ministry, finds no such problem in reeling out the information in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Friday.
The PMOs reply refusing the information sought by a local daily through a RTI ( right to information) application landed on its desk on the very day Palanimanickam gave a detailed reply.
The refusal only gave birth to suspicion that Mukherjees office was really bugged and the government is not ready to part any information on it as it may relate to the leakage of some State secrets through the listening devices planted in the office.
More honest is Palanimanickam to debunk any such doubts as he told the House that there was no bugging and the Intelligence Bureau ( IB) that probed at the PMs instance found just sticky substance ” comparable with those of chewing gum.” The adhesives were found stuck at 16 places in the offices of Mukherjee, his private secretary and his adviser.
The PMOalt39alt39 s reply, however, says: ” The requested information is related to the security of the State and disclosure ther