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Plea for SIT probe into phone tapping of NSA Ajit Doval

Plea for SIT probe into phone tapping of NSA Ajit Doval
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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking setting up of an SIT to investigate alleged illegal phone tapping of National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

The petition claimed that phones of several others were also tapped when the CBI was witnessing a feud between its then Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao issued a notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the CBI, seeking their responses on the plea.

The petition by Sarthak Chaturvedi, an advocate, has alleged that the illegal act of "abuse of power" was committed by some public servants working in the agency "for their ulterior motive".

It has claimed that a special unit of the CBI, which handles phone tapping and technical surveillance, was aware of communications between the NSA and Asthana during the latter's feud with Verma.

The former CBI director was removed by a high-level panel headed by the prime minister on January 10.

Chaturvedi's petition said the issue of tapping of phones was revealed in an application filed in the Supreme Court by CBI DIG Manish Sinha, who was investigating an FIR registered against Asthana.

It added that Sinha's application, which disclosed several crucial facts of an ongoing investigation and "commission of a cognisable offence of abuse of powers by public servants", was published on a news website.

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