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|October 9, 1997||
CBI begins query into phone tapping; Tata Tea director Kidwai interrogated
The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday initiated the inquiry process into allegations that phones of some industrialists in Bombay had been tapped.
The bureau registered a case on Thursday on the basis of complaints received from the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, Bombay, regarding the tapping of telephone lines of certain top industrialists, a CBI spokesman said.
The case was registered in the CBI special crime branch in Bombay, the spokesman added.
The home ministry, following the MTNL complaint, had on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive inquiry into the entire episode.
The complaints of telephone tapping came after The Indian Express published the alleged transcript of conversation between industrialists Nusli Wadia and Ratan Tata and Field Marshal Sam Maneckshaw on the telephone which had connections with the Tata Tea case.
Meanwhile, Tata Tea Executive Director Sayeed M Kidwai was being interrogated by the Assam police for the second day on Thursday in connection with the alleged nexus between Tata Tea and the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland.
Kidwai,who arrived in Guwahati by a special plane following summons by the state police, was taken directly to a police guest house. He was summoned in connection with paying the air fare by the company to four Bodo militants to travel to New Delhi where a meeting was held between them. The interrogation was being conducted by sleuths of the Assam police's Special Operation Unit.
Tata Tea Managing Director R K Krishna Kumar, who was also summoned by the state police along with Kidwai, has sought more time and is expected to arrive here on October 11, the police said.
Kidwai was earlier interrogated by the police on September 11 in connection with funding for treatment of ULFA 'cultural secretary' Pranati Deka.
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