Bugging issue to be raised in monsoon session

The issue of alleged bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s office is expected to be raised in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday.

Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: The issue of alleged bugging of
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s office is expected to be
raised in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
said at the all-party meeting convened by the Speaker that her
party wants to raise the issue in the House.

The BJP also wants to raise the issues of atrocities
against women, employment, land acquisition, Telengana, Air
India, internal security and price rise.

Sources said that Swaraj wanted the government to allow
the Opposition to raise these issues through various forms
such as short discussions, calling attention motion and also
hold discussions which entail voting.

Significantly, there was no response from the government
in the meeting held on Sunday.

Earlier, an opposition leader had raised the matter at a
meeting of the chief whips convened by Parliamentary Affairs
Minister PK Bansal last week.

The alleged snooping of the offices of Mukherjee and his
aides in the North Block in September 2010 had triggered a
controversy with the opposition BJP terming it a "serious
matter" and demanding clarification from the government.

Mukherjee is said to have urged Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to order a secret inquiry into the "serious breach of
security in his office" in the form of "planted adhesives" in
16 locations in a possible surveillance attempt.

The PM had directed a probe by Intelligence Bureau,
which conducted an investigation and found "nothing".

PTI