The Parliament on Wednesday had to be adjourned till noon following lot of hue and cry by the opposition members who demanded an explanation from the government on the issue of bugging of Gadkari's residence.

As soon as the Rajya Sabha met for the day, Chairman M Hamid Ansari adjourned the House for 15 minutes in view of the ruckus and then again till noon.

Talking to reporters outside Parliament House, Gadkari said initially it was reported that bugging devices were found at his Delhi residence but later it was claimed that listening devices were found at his Mumbai residence.
    
"Whatever is being written is false and baseless," he said. The minister had earlier also stated that no devices were found at his residence.
     
The Congress created uproar in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday over reports of Gadkari's telephones being bugged and high powered listening devises being found in his bedroom, forcing two adjournments.
     
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday was forced to intervene in the matter and he gave clarification over the matter, saying there was no truth in those reports.
    
"There is no truth in media reports," he said.

"The minister too has termed the reports as baseless and factually incorrect," the Home Minister said, adding no high powered listening device was found.
    
Earlier, when Rajya Sabha met for the day, Anand Sharma (Congress) said bugging of Cabinet Ministers is a serious matter and it should be discussed in the House.
    
He said the issue of call records of then Leader of the Opposition and now Leader of the House Arun Jaitley being allegedly accessed unauthorisedly was discussed in the House.

Meanwhile, Singh's statement did not satisfy the agitated Congress members who continued to shout slogans like "Gujarat model nahi chalega", forcing adjournment of the House for 15 minutes.
    
Similar scenes were witnessed when the House reassembled as unrelenting members shouted slogans "We want JPC", forcing Ansari to adjourn the House till noon.

According to a media report, highly sophisticated listening devices were planted at the residence of Gadkari.     

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on Sunday said that there should be an investigation into the reports of bugging and asked the government to explain the issue in Parliament.
    
"If ministers' houses are bugged, then it is not a good omen. It should be investigated. How can it happen? It should be explained by the Government in the House," he had said.

 

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