Chennai: Janata Party President
Subramanian Swamy today demanded an inquiry into reports of
alleged bugging of the offices of Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee and his aides in North Block in New Delhi.
Calling the episode as "genuine", he told a press
conference here that "dismissing it as chewing gum is rubbish
as intelligence agencies and spies use chewing gum to mount
microphone or small cameras on them."
"The Prime Minister should constitute an inquiry
committee into this," he said.
Swamy criticised Home Minister P Chidambaram for his
alleged role in the pricing of 2G spectrum.
On the Jan Lokpal bill, over which the government and
social activist Anna Hazare-led civil society are at
loggerheads, he said the Prime Minister can be prosecuted
under present provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act after
"Therefore, Hazare should not waste time on arguing
over the PM`s office being brought under the Lokpal ambit."
"It is a red herring, a waste of time. Rather they
should focus on an independent public prosecutor who could
order agencies to probe (corruption issues)," he said.