Karnataka CBI takes over probe into alleged phone tapping case of politicians

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has officially taken over the case of illegal phone tapping of senior Karnataka politicians – of both ruling and opposition parties – during the Congress-JD(S) government’s HD Kumaraswamy’s time as Chief Minister of the state.The CBI on Friday registered a case in the matter after receiving the consent of the state government, under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Telegraph Act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The case first came to light after a leaked phone conversation between the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Bhaskar Rao and a person known as Faraz purportedly revealed Rao lobbying for the Commissioner’s post. The CBI FIR reveals that Faraz’s phone was being tapped in connection with a separate probe into a Rs 250 crore Ponzi Scheme when the conversation between Rao and him was recorded and extracted allegedly on the directions of then Bengaluru Commissioner, Alok Kumar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKumar was replaced by Rao on August 2, days after the BS Yeddiyurappa government came into power this year. The Pandora’s Box that was opened after the leak led to several senior politicians from both the ruling party and opposition BJP, making statements that their phones were also tapped by the Kumaraswamy government, in an attempt to quash dissent. Earlier this month, Yeddiyurappa had said that his government would transfer the probe into the alleged instance of phone tapping to the CBI for an impartial investigation. An interim report by the team probing the case in the state had found the involvement of ADGP-ranked officers in leaking the illegally taped phone conversation, following which demands for an impartial probe by the central agency came forward. According to CBI officials, the case has been registered against unknown public servants and private persons. The CBI’s FIR also raises the possibility of personal information of several senior government servants being leaked in the process. Senior Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramiah had welcomed the decision of a CBI probe. However, JD(S) national general secretary Ramesh Babu had recently questioned the CBI’s capability to probe a phone-tapping case, alleging that the agency itself has been accused of illegally tapping phones.last_img