March 2nd, 2012
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Defence Ministers office ‘bugged’

antonyNew Delhi: Defence Minister A K Antony’s office is alleged to have been ‘bugged’. The Defence Ministry has ordered a probe into the matter. Defence secretary Shashikant Sharma has asked IB to take up the probe. The agency says that on February 16, the ministry became aware of the attempts to spy on Mr Antony.

Reportedly, officials of the Military Intelligence detected the bug. Their hand-held detectors indicated presence of a monitoring device in Antony’s office. The MI personnel were immediately asked to leave by Defence Ministry security. The Home Ministry was alerted while the IB was called in.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee’s office was also bugged in June last year. Mukherjee had spoken about discovery of at least 16 identical adhesive like gum sticks from key rooms of the Finance Ministry. Experts say since there are no jammers in place, wireless bugs can easily be placed in any ministry.


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