Mysuru, Aug 14: Former Karnataka Minister and disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath alleged that his phone was tapped by the previous Congress-JDS Coalition government and demanded the present BJP government headed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to order an inquiry immediately. Speaking to newsmen here on Wednesday, Vishwanath, who was also former JDS State President, alleged that the previous government Chief Minister's office had indulged in serious crime by tapping phone. "In all, telephones of about 300 peoples, including all the 17 rebel MLAs, top police officials, political leaders were tapped," he added.
Vishwanath alleged that the then Chief Minister’s office had even threatened to release the phone conversation tapped if the rebel MLAs did not support the Coalition government. Stating that Congress leader H K Patil and BJP leader R Ashoka had hinted about phone tapping six months back, Vishwanath said during similar charges leveled against him the then Chief Minister Ramakrishna Hegde had resigned. There is a need for stringent action against the accused.
Speaking to newsmen in Bengaluru, former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP senior leader R Ashok said that it is a serious offence and the matter was brought to the Chief Minister with an appeal to take immediate action against those who are involved. "There are provisions in the present law to take serious action against those involved in a crime which was unpardonable," he added. UNI