IB quizzed ex- CBDT chief to get to the bottom of Pranabgate

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:31 AM IST
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New Delhi Former CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra has been questioned by the Intelligence Bureau over his role in hiring private detectives in frisking the rooms of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his staff after detection of plated adhesives

in 16 key locations.

During the questioning on Thursday, IB sleuths asked Chandra, who was then Member ( Investigations) in the CBDT, why private detectives were called before informing the IB to inspect the plated bugs in the Ministry of Finance, official sources said.

When contacted, Chandra denied that he has been quizzed by anyone, saying at the time of reported bugging he was not the chairman of CBDT and he had no role in hiring private detectives.

An inquiry is also on to find out the name of the private detective agency that carried out the debugging exercise in the Ministry of Finance. It is not a formal inquiry but discreetly the investigators are trying to find out the name and the findings of that agency, the sources said.

After the detection of planted adhesives in 16 key locations in the offices of the Finance Minister, his advisor Omita Paul, his private secretary Manoj Pant and two conference rooms, Mukherjee wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to order a secret inquiry into what he called serious breach of security in his office.

Before the IB was asked by CONTD. ON P2

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