New Delhi: Three days after denying that
Defence Minister AK Antony`s office was bugged, Army on Monday
admitted that "some abnormality" was noticed which it claimed
later turned out to be malfunctioning of an instrument.
The Army also sought to blame a retired Lt Gen for giving
out "salacious and malafide stories" to the media on it.
"In a routine check, some abnormality was noticed in
Antony`s office, which was brought to the notice of Defence
Secretary. Further checks carried out revealed that voltage
drop noticed was due to malfunctioning of the instrument.
"Army does not carry out `Of the Air Monitoring` but
seeks the assistance of the IB, if it finds the need," Army
sources said here without elaborating.
They said such snooping equipment is in possession of the
Signal Intelligence wing and is deployed along the borders
and in counter insurgency areas.
"This equipment is under control of the Director General
Defence Intelligence Agency(DG DIA) and not under the Military
Intelligence," sources said.
Mystery shrouded reports of alleged bugging in Antony`s
South Block office which is said to have occurred in the
middle of last month. But the Ministry has officially
denied any bugging.
Pointing fingers at a former DIA chief, they said the
present stories in this regard are being put out by him.
The Lt Gen has been earlier questioned on the purchase of
the `Of the air Monitoring System`, without sanction by the
technically empowered committee, they said.
Sources further claimed that "the officer along with
some disgruntled serving officers of the military
intelligence, against whom disciplinary and administrative
actions were in the pipeline, has worked out this fictitious
The Army strongly denies this and takes strong exception
to such salacious and malafide stories, coming out as news,