Yashwant Sinha accuses Chidambaram of phone-tapping

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Ranchi, Sept 1: If the coalgate issue has not shook the UPA, this piece of news definitely will. BJP leader Yashwant Sinha accused Union Minister P Chidambaram of tapping his phone when he was Home Minister.

The allegation was made by Sinha when he revealed, "Today, with complete responsibility, I want to say that when I raised the issue of Aircel-Maxis, Chidambaram ordered to tap my phone as he was then Home Minister." He also challenged Chidambaram to prove him wrong on the allegations. Both the present Home Minister Suhil Kumar Shinde and Chidambaram have not commented on this daring accusation.

With the Aircel-Maxis deal back to haunt Chidambaram, the accusation is sure to weigh down heavily on the former Home Minister. The latest allegation will only give more trouble to Chidambaram who is alleged to have purposefully delayed permission for the sale of Aircel to the Malaysia-based Co Maxis. The BJP also accused Chidambaram's son of investing in Aircel and benefiting from Maxis' acquisition of the company.

Denying all allegations, Chidambaram had claimed in the floor of the House, "It would be much simpler if somebody took a dagger and plunged it into my heart, rather than questioning my integrity." He had also claimed on the same occasion that neither he nor any members of his family have owned "any share in any telecom company at any time, indirectly or directly."

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