Bengaluru, Aug 14: The alleged phone tapping during the previous JD(S)-Congress coalition government on politicians, Journalists, Ministers and senior officials, is a serious issue and the government will probe the incident, Chief minister B S Yediyurappa said on Wednesday. Speaking to newsmen here on Wednesday, he said that "there are complaints over tapping of the telephonic conversations of politicians and others by the previous government and the officials in the administration". Stating that he would discuss the issue with the Chief Secretary, Vijayabhaskar on the issue, Chief minister gave a hint to order for probe into the alleged Phone tapping incident.
Yeddyurappa’s assertion comes in the wake of former Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Alok Kumar had allegedly issued directions to tap the phones of prominent politicians, including then Home minister, dissident MLAs, and Opposition Leaders In Mysuru former JD(S) state president and dissident MLAs. BJP leader R. Ashok alleged that the Kumaraswamy govt approved illegal phone tapping to pry on the opposition, journalists and police officials among others. R Ashok had also appealed the Chief minister to order for a probe into the alleged phone tapping incident during the previous Government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.
The phone tapping controversy got murkier after the phone call of the newly appointed Bengaluru police commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, was made public. In the call, the person purported to be Rao is heard lobbying for the post of Bengaluru police commissioner with Faraz, a person who claims to be close to senior Congress leaders.UNI