CBI to investigate Karnataka phone tapping scandal
September 1, 2019
The investigation into the alleged phone tapping of politicians in the state of Karnataka has been taken over by the Central Bureau of Investigation- CBI. The matter was being handled by the Cyber-crime wing of Bengaluru Police till now.
The BJP government in Karnataka had ordered an inquiry into the phone tapping allegations on 19 August right after it came to power.
The earlier Congress-JD(S) government of H D Kumaraswamy is being accused of keeping a tap on the phones of various political; leaders belonging to the ruling party and opposition parties while the state was going through massive political turmoil.
The current government's letter to the CBI said," the notice of the government that there are apprehensions of phones of several ruling and opposition political leaders, their relatives and other government officials being intercepted in an illegal unauthorized unwarranted manner."
The CBI will be investigating the alleged surveillance on phones of the politicians their associates, relatives and some government servants from 1 August 2018 till 19 August 2019.
Former CM Siddaramaiah has clarified that he did not ask for the CBI to investigate the issue.
He tweeted,"@BSYBJP has said that I requested him to handover the phone tapping case to CBI. This is baseless & filled with malafide intention. He has become a pathological liar due to his fear for @AmitShah. I only asked to conduct unbiased investigation. #MyMediaInteraction "
Many BJP leaders, including former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, have accused Kumaraswamy of phone tapping.