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New Delhi: The BJP yesterrday demanded an explanation from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on the alleged “unauthorised surveillance” of its leader Arun Jaitley, even as an arrested constable said he had collected the call details for personal reasons.
Calling it a serious issue, the BJP said Shinde must come clean on who ordered the procurement of Jaitley’s phone call details.
Jaitley is leader of opposition in the upper house of parliament.
“The manner in which the call details have been collected is serious. Anyone who is found involved in this act must be punished,” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh said here.
Jaitley’s call records were allegedly accessed by Arvind Dabas, a 32-year-old Delhi Police constable, to check his communication with an Uttrakhand leader who had assured him of settling a property deal in Uttrakhand through Jaitley.
Dabas, who was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement in trying to access Jaitley’s mobile call records, told investigators that a leader of Uttrakhand had assured him of paying money blocked in a real estate business in Uttrakhand.
Dabas is running a real estate business with two friends in Uttrakhand, but his money was blocked in a case. The leader assured him that the money would be given to him and his work would be done as he was known to Jaitley.
But BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedkar alleged that attempts to access Jaitley’s call details had been made earlier also.