Congress on Monday demanded a probe into the alleged snooping on party vice-president Rahul Gandhi as it claimed that the next targets could be persons from the bureaucracy, political parties and media.
The alleged snooping on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi blew into a political confrontation on Monday, as the Congress charged the BJP with a "police state mentality" while the government dismissed the episode as a "non-issue".
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu criticised the Congress party over allegations of snooping against their vice-president Rahul Gandhi and said it is not fair on the part the party and its allies to make an issue out of a non-issue.
Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath on Monday criticized the Centre for coming with a feeble excuse over the inquiry about Rahul Gandhi's whereabouts and said the NDA government's move to cover up the ulterior motive is very unfortunate.
Government on Monday countered the Congress charges of snooping on Rahul Gandhi saying it was making a "mountain out of what is not even a molehill" as information collection was part of a transparent security profiling used on 526 VIPs, including Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Ministers.
Upping the ante on the issue of Delhi Police officials visiting Rahul Gandhi's residence, Congress today alleged that other opposition leaders are also being "snooped" on Gujarat pattern and the party will raise the matter in Parliament.
Congress leader PC Chacko on Sunday reiterated that the alleged intrusion into Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's personal life was a case of espionage and demanded an explanation from the Centre regarding the same.
In what raises serious questions on the security of sensitive information in the corridors of power in Delhi, a report claimed on Monday that the Ministry of Defence had uncovered snooping in South Block in February 2014.
BJP on Monday dismissed as "baseless" the claim about recovery of snooping devices from Union Minister Nitin Gadkari`s residence and alleged that a "frustrated" Congress was trying to rake up such "non-issues" to preserve its identity and tarnish BJP government`s image.
Unconvinced with Nitin Gadkari dismissing a report about bugging of his residence, Congress and other opposition parties Monday demanded that the government give a statement in Parliament on the issue.
Government will not accept breach of any Indian law relating to privacy of people by US agencies under their surveillance programmes and the same has been conveyed to US government, Parliament was informed Friday.