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Antony's office 'bugged'? Defence ministry says NO

Last updated on: March 2, 2012 19:49 IST

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Mystery shrouded reports of alleged bugging in the office of Defence Minister A K Antony in the South Block which is said to have occurred in the middle of last month.

Sources, who did not wish to be identified, spoke of the bugging incident that is said to have come to light during a routine check by Military Intelligence personnel of the phones of the Minister on February 16, but the Ministry officially came out with a release denying any bugging.

"Reports of 'bugging' in South Block in a section of the media is hereby denied. Routine checks are conducted in the offices of Raksha Mantri and other officers of the South Block. Nothing has been found in these checks," the Defence Ministry said in a release.

The denial came on a day when news magazine came out with a report that panic gripped South Block on February 16 morning after a bug alarm was triggered in Antony's office.

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A hand-held bug detector wielded by MI personnel beeped, indicating the presence of a monitoring device, the report had claimed.

Once the bugging incident reportedly came to light, the minister is believed to have asked for a check by the Intelligence Bureau.

Last year, a similar incident was reported from the office of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee when snooping devices allegedly were found from there.

A inquiry was ordered by the finance ministry after adhesive-like substances were recovered from his office, raising suspicion that they might have been used to implant electronic listening devices.

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