Pranab Mukherjee admits snoop threat in office, says IB found nothing
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who had last year written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about a possible security breach in his North Block office in September 2010, on Tuesday confirmed search for snooping devices in his office. Confirming the seizure of planted adhesive strips, Mukherjee however said that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) probe revealed nothing. Fears of a breach in the ministry of financial affairs office came to fore after taxmen and security agencies found as many as 16 planted adhesives in North Block offices of the finance minister and his officials. The adhesives were found in the offices of Mukherjee’s advisor, personal secretary and two conference rooms. Intelligence agencies conducted an operation to detect presence of possible electronic bugs, but none were found. Mukherjee, in his letter to the prime minister in September last year, had said that no microphone or recording devices were found. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was also conducting electronic sweeps. The CBDT was particularly alarmed that the surface of the gums had grooves, which might be due to planting of tiny devices that could have been pulled out later. An initial reaction from the IB had described the sticky material as chewing gums. The CBDT chairman also confirmed to Headlines Today about tracing these taped adhesives.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.