BJP to raise issue of alleged tapping of phones in Parliament

"If the government is tapping the phones of terrorists, or tax evaders or secessionists, then it is understandable as national interest and national security are involved. But tapping phones of politicians and ministers is condemnable," BJP Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said.

A weekly magazine has, in its latest issue, alleged that government agencies have been tapping phones of important politicians and ministers since 2006.

Ahluwalia insisted that this was violation of Article 21 of the Constitution which assures protection of life and personal liberty of every citizen.

"Government should be ready to answer on Monday as to who gave it the right to violate Article 21," the BJP leader said.

BJP sources said the party will seek a clarification from the government on the issue in both Houses of Parliament on Monday and in case the government does not accede to their demand, it may disrupt proceedings.

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