1. Pranab Mukherjee's Office Bugged ?

images The Manmohan Singh government was embroiled in a fresh controversy on Tuesday after its senior-most minister Pranab Mukherjee confirmed that he suspected his finance ministry offices were bugged and had sought a secret inquiry into the alleged incidents. Already in a fire-fighting mode over the Lokpal bill, the government had to contend with the embarrassing disclosure that Mukherjee wrote to the PM about adhesive-like substance recovered from his office that might have been used to implant electronic listening devices.
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2. India opposition wants 'bugs in minister office' probed

images India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a probe into an alleged security breach in Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office.The Indian Express newspaper has reported that "planted adhesives" were found in Mr Mukherjee's office last year, pointing to an attempt to bug it. The paper said investigators found the adhesive to be a "sort of chewing gum". Mr Mukherjee said investigations had "found nothing" and urged the media not to waste time on "bogus things".
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3. Intelligence Bureau denies Bugging in Finance Minister's Office.

images The Intelligence Bureau has denied that the finance minister's office was bugged. IB sources said the security and intelligence agencies carry out a four-level check for at least key ministries on Raisina Hills - Defence, Home, MEA and Finance. The drill includes shadowing of key officials, which was done in case of Ravi Inder Singh, Director of Internal Security in the Home Ministry. Singh was arrested a few months ago. Cell phone calls of key officials are also monitored. Hard disks of computers of officials handling sensitive charges are scanned. Electronic sweeps are also part of the security drill. IB sources told Headlines Today that they conducted a through probe into the complaint that several offices, including that of Finance Minister, were bugged.
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4. How Easy is it to Bug Offices ?

article images Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee raised a controversy when a letter sent written by him to the Prime Minister in September said 16 "planted adhesives" were spotted in different parts of his ministry, including his office. The Opposition reacted, alleging it is his own government doing so; the centre says it's all bogus. But how easy or difficult is it to bug offices and spy on people? NDTV does a reality check. Sanjeev Deswal is a private detective who specialises in bugging. He demonstrates how the Finance Minister's office could have been bugged.
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5. Listening devices come cheap and easy

image For as little as a few hundred rupees, a bugging device can be bought off the shelf to listen into other people's conversations. Add a few hundred more rupees, and you can buy sophisticated miniature video cameras that can be hidden in a flower vase or behind a few books. For all of these, there is a flourishing market in India, thanks to the perverse violation of privacy and officially sanctioned snooping activities that are undertaken by government agencies. And the completely illegal snooping activities by many private sector companies as part of corporate espionage, or for other reasons.
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6. A Bug In UPA's Soup

images Has our Intelligence Bureau bitten off more than it can chew? Sixteen adhesive sticks were found in finance ministry offices sometime ago, which has set tongues wagging about Pranab-da being spied on. But IB-wallahs rubbished claims that these were remnants of bugging devices. The suspicious stick-ons, they insist, were just chewing gum! Now, it must have been very special chewing gum indeed. Not only did it travel all over North Block, it also got stuck in several spots ideal for eavesdropping. Chew on that.
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7. Bitten by the bug, IB goes on sweeping spree

images Intelligence Bureau found nothing amiss after its probe into finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's bugging complaint in September last year but the agency increased the frequency of its 'technical sweeping' in high offices since then as a precaution. As against occasional anti-bugging exercise inside finance ministry, the IB has now included this ministry in North Block as part of its regular 'technical sweeping' work like what it does for its own premises and offices of the PM in South Block and home minister in North Block.
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8. Soon, 5 years in jail for bugging

images Bugging someone's office or residence, or illegally intercepting telephone calls is being made a serious offence attracting up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. The government will soon place in Parliament a Right to Privacy Bill, which intends to deal a body blow to the illegal business of snooping on citizens using sophisticated devices by individuals and detective firms. The draft Bill lists out measures to protect personal information of citizens, including their private and family life, DNA profiles and fingerprints.
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9. Swaraj demands thorough probe into 'bugging' of FM's office

images BJP on Wednesday termed as a "big joke" the Intelligence Bureau's "chewing gum theory" regarding the alleged bugging of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's office and demanded a thorough probe into the matter. "The allegation of spying at Pranab Mukherjee's office is a serious matter. The Finance Minister himself may try to dismiss it...he may be under some compulsions. But the country wants to know," Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said.
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10. Spying charge bogus, says Pranab; BJP seeks probe

images Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday dismissed as "bogus" charges that the government was spying on him even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) insisted there was a "trust deficit" in the Congress-led ruling coalition. "It's bogus. Don't waste your time on this," a visibly irritated Mukherjee told reporters outside his North Block office, a day after the news reports said that the minister told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about a "serious breach of security" in his office.
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