Bengaluru, Sept 01: The Central Bureau of Investigation has begun its probe into the alleged phone tapping controversy in Karnataka during the tenure of the previous Janata Dal (Secular)-Indian National Congress government that stirred up lot of political dust before the dispensation fell due to dissidence and the Bharatiya Janata Party regime took over the reins after the 15 month rule of the coalition.
Soon after the BJP government came to power late in July, chief minister B S Yediyurappa ordered a probe into the controversy in which it was alleged that the opposition and dissident leaders’ phones were tapped by security agencies at the ‘behest’ of the ruling coalition.
Mr Yediyurappa had recommended a CBI probe into the allegations that the phones of several Opposition and ruling party leaders and their relatives were illegally tapped during the previous regime in the State.
The Government of India through a notification on August 30 had issued a notification following the FIR filed on August 19 by the Cyber Crime Police Station in Bengaluru city under section 72 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and section 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, related to illegal/unauthorised/unwanted interception of telephones of political relatives and also of the Government servants from August 1, last year.
On the basis of the notifications issued by the Karnataka government and the subsequent ones by the Centre, the CBI filed a 19-page FIR in Delhi yesterday and the probe will soon begin, sources said.
CBI has registered an FIR to probe the alleged illegal phone-tapping scandal in Karnataka, on the request of the State government.
A CBI team has been sent to collect all the relevant documents from the State police. 'The case has been registered against unknown public servants and other unidentified persons,' said an official.
Earlier this month, Mr Yediyurappa had recommended a CBI probe into the allegations that the phones of several Opposition leaders, ruling party leaders, their relatives and public servants were illegally tapped during the previous Congress regime in the State.
'All political leaders, including CLP leader Siddaramaiah, has sought a high-level probe into the scandal. So I have ordered a CBI probe into it,' Mr Yediyurappa had said in Bengaluru. (UNI)