Delhi Police has begun a preliminary enquiry into the hoax telephone call, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday.

The woman, said to be a PSU worker, had allegedly imitated Sonia and managed to convincingly sound unhappy while talking to Vahanvati over what she said was his handling of several crucial and high profile cases, including those related to coal allocations.

A Delhi Police spokesperson said it has received a complaint from the Attorney General of India. "We have received a complaint from the Attorney General and we are conducting a preliminary enquiry into it," the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson was replying to media reports on the issue. "As soon as something of public interest comes to light we will inform the press," the spokesperson said.

The alleged hoax caller pretending to be Sonia is said to have told Vahanvati that she was calling from New York—where she was actually staying at that time for a medical checkup. She had left for abroad on September two and returned on September 11. The woman pretending to be Sonia is stated to have told him that he should consider "lying low and taking fewer responsibilities".


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