Govt did not authorise phone tapping: PC

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Phone row: PC to make statment after question hour
New Delhi: New Delhi, Apr 26: Home Minister P Chidambaram said that the government has not authorized the tapping of phones of senior politicians.

Speaking amidst the din in the Lok Sabha, the Home Minister denied authorizing the phone tapping and said that nothing has been found after thorough investigation of the matter following the Outlook magazine report.

"No telephone tapping or eavesdropping of political leaders was authorised by the previous UPA government. Nor has the present UPA government authorised any such activity. After the issue of the magazine was available late Friday, Apr 19, 2010, the allegations in the story were thoroughly inquired into. Nothing has been found in the records to substantiate the allegations," Chidambaram said in the house.

Amidst the ruckus created by the opposition MPs, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee informed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will speak in the House over the issue.

" The Prime Minister will speak in  the House at 3.30 pm," Mukherjee said.

However, Prime Minister address will not take place as the House has been adjourned for the day.

The Rajya Sabha too has been adjourned till the next day in the wake of the IPL controversy.

2:00 PM

LS adjourned; PC stopped from making statement

Home Minister P Chidambaram was stopped from making any statement in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Apr 26 .

 Speaker Meira Kumar had to adjourned the House as her request for silence fell on deaf ears.


12: 15 PM

Phone row: PC  to make statement at noon.

Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar rejected the opposition's demand for suspending the question hour which resulted in uproar in the House on Monday, Apr 26.

Before adjourning the House till 12 noon, the speaker said that the issue would be discussed during the zero hour.

The Congress said that Home Minister P Chidambaram would make a statement on the phone scandal after the question hour.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, BJP leader, LK Advani said that the SC guidelines has been violated and put forward his party's demand for a statement from the Prime Minister.

The BJP has earlier on Sunday, Apr 26, made it clear that it would not settle for anything less than a Joint Parliamentray Committee (JPC) along with the IPL controversy.

11: 15 AM

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