The reported that the conversations allegedly reveal the nexus between politicians and businessmen and how businessmen reach out to the politicians to seek favours.Reacting to the silence over report about the Essar Group allegedly tapping phones of top businessmen, former cabinet ministers and high-profile bureaucrats between 2001 and 2006, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday demanded immediate action.
AAP leader Ashutosh questioned the government’s “inaction” and demanded the tapes be made public.
“These tapes barring a few matters, which are related to the security and sovereignty, should be made public so that the whole country knows how the systems are manipulated by few industrial houses and how the politicians, the judges and the Supreme Court are being manipulated,” Ashutosh told ANI.Asserting that the matter was related to the sovereignty and the national security of the country, Ashutosh said it is clearly established that any private player can even tap the phone of the senior-most officials of the country in the PMO.
“National security advisor’s phone was tapped. The defence minister’s phone was tapped at the time of Vajpayee’s government. The content of the conversation clearly establishes how the corporate business houses in this country were manipulating the entire system. The letter which has been written to Narendra Modi ji, clearly writes the fact that how a very powerful minister, who was on the payroll of the Reliance and the industrial house, was lobbying that he should continue as a telecom minister should continue as an I&B Minister,” he added.
Congress leader Manish Tewari, on Friday, also demanded the tapes be made public to the report saying the allegations are “serious and have multifaceted implications”.
The allegations of tapping were made in a 29-page complaint which was submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office by a Delhi-based Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal, who claims to represent former Essar employee accused of tapping phones.
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The Indian Express reported that the conversations allegedly reveal the nexus between politicians and businessmen and how businessmen reach out to the politicians to seek favours.
The purported conversations recorded reveal widespread peddling of influence in corridors of power, corruption in the business milieu, brokering of deals, and blurring of lines between business and government.
According to the complaint, among those who were allegedly tapped were: present Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, former ministers Praful Patel and Ram Naik; Mukesh Ambani, chairman of RIL; Anil Ambani, chairman of the ADAG group; his wife Tina Ambani; several top officials of their companies; late Cabinet minister Pramod Mahajan; MP Amar Singh.Others on the list include current Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi; former chairman of IDBI Bank P P Vora; former CEO and MD of ICICI Bank K V Kamath; former joint managing director of ICICI Bank Lalita Gupte.
There is another list of prominent persons who allegedly figure in the conversations. Some of them are then PMO officials Brajesh Mishra and N K Singh; politicians Ram Naik, Kirit Somayia, Jaswant Singh, Piyush Goel, Sudhanshu Mittal and others include Sahara chief Subroto Roy and filmstar Amitabh Bachchan.