However, Union Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiju on Monday rejected all the appeals calling for a probe and said, “Gadkari himself has called it speculation. If that is the case, how can we intervene?"

In the recent past, Gadkari had tweeted, "Reports in a section of the media about listening devices having been found at my New Delhi residence are highly speculative." But the denial failed to stop political murmurs.

At an iftar party hosted by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reportedly called for an investigation into the matter.
"If ministers' houses are bugged, then it is not a good sign. It should be investigated. How can it happen? It should be explained by the ruling dispensation," Manmohan Singh said.

Earlier in 2010, Manmohan Singh government had also faced a similar situation. Then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had written to Singh about an adhesive-like substance, which might have been used to implant electronic listening devices, being found in his office. The BJP had claimed that the bugging had its roots in the rivalry between two ministers.

US President Barack Obama has been left battling diplomatic bushfires after leaks by former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The report had referenced the ‘snooping row’ between India and US. The BJP had taken a strong exception and agitated heavily after documents leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was authorized to spy on the party in 2010.

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