New Delhi, Sept. 23 (PTI): Delhi police are probing a complaint that a woman impersonated Sonia Gandhi during telephone calls to attorney-general G.E. Vahanvati made when the Congress president was in the US for a health check-up earlier this month.
The number she called from has been traced to the exchange of the office of a public sector undertaking. In all, seven calls were made to Vahanvati, official sources said. The caller initially posed as Sonia but later said she was calling from the Congress president’s back office, the sources said.
The attorney-general made discreet inquiries before informing the government, which advised him to register a police complaint.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Delhi police had begun a preliminary inquiry and would register an FIR after necessary formalities. A police spokesperson confirmed this.
“We have received a complaint from the attorney- general and we are conducting a preliminary inquiry into it,” the spokesperson said. “As soon as something of public interest comes to light, we will inform the press.”
The hoax caller, said to be a PSU worker, brought up Vahanvati’s handling of several crucial and high profile cases, including that on coal allocations. She allegedly told him he should consider “lying low and taking fewer responsibilities”.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said in reply to a question that his party would comment after going through all the facts. “But we would like to ask how many leaders is the attorney-general talking to about the pending corruption cases,” he said, asking if the attorney-general routinely takes calls on such cases.