New Delhi: The disclosure of spying on Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his team in the North Block has created uproar in political circles. Just before the expansion of the Cabinet, the Congress is finding it difficult to prove its point on the spying act.

Facing the embarrassment for the entire episode, a few Congress members are now demanding an inquiry into the matter. Pranab Mukherjee himself had written a letter to the Prime Minister to apprise him of the seriousness of the situation and sought a secretive inquiry.

In September last year an investigating team of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had found adhesives planted in 16 places in the Union Minister’s office. However, CBDT did not find any such substance during a search conducted in June.

The adhesive like substance was also found in the office of Mukherjhee’s adviser Omita Paul and his private secretary Manoj Pant.

The inquiry conducted by the CBDT revealed that the adhesive-like substance recovered from Mukherjee’s office might have been used to implant electronic devices like mini cameras, while the IB probe concluded that it was merely a chewing gum.

However, taking stock of the situation,  Mukherjee wrote a letter to the PM and requested for a secretive inquiry.

AICC general secretary Chaudhary Birender Singh said, “Pranabda himself has said so and therefore, the issue would be taken very seriously.”

Jumping on the matter, BJP spokesman Shahnawaz Hussain said, “The government on the one hand is waging war against the civil society, on the other there is a civil war like situation inside the party itself which proves that there is a deficit of trust between the PM and the Finance Minister.” When asked about the credibility of the agencies of the Home Ministry, Shahnawaz said, “Why didn’t the Finance Minister take the help of investigative agency of the Home Minister? It seems he had no confidence in him (Home Minister).”

(JPN/ Bureau)