Amar phone tapping: SC asks for report

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Feb 3 2011, 07:08am hrs
The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to explain the action taken by it on a showcause notice issued to Reliance Infocomm for intercepting politician Amar Singh's telephone five years ago.

A Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly asked Attorney General G E Vahanvati to inform the court about the follow-up action on government's show cause notice issued to Reliance Infocomm on December 31, 2005.

The Bench also pulled up Reliance Infocomm for filing a "vague" affidavit on the issue of tapping Singh's telephone. It asked the company to bring original records of the entire communications it had received in the matter.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium submitted that the alleged four conspirators who "hatched the conspiracy" were arrested, chargesheet filed and a trial is pending in which a witness had already deposed in court. He said the letters, purportedly from the Delhi Police, authorising the tapping of Singh's conversations were found to be forgeries.

The Bench then asked the delhi government for a status report on the current status of the case. It directed the Solicitor General to ask the Delhi Police to file its affidavit in accordance with the law and posted the matter for further hearing on February 9.

The petition filed by Amar Singh had raised the issue of "unauthorised" tapping of telephone and "cozy" relations between the government and some telecom service providers.