Bengaluru, Aug 19: The Karnataka government on Monday issued an order entrusting the alleged phone tapping scandal during the previous Congress-JDS coalition government to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
This comes a day after Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said he would order a CBI probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders, days after the charges of phone tapping during the previous Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy surfaced.
According to the order, the government has accorded sanction to the CBI, under Sections of Delhi Special Police Establishment Act 1946 for, inquiry and investigation into all illegal/unauthorised/unwanted interceptions of telephones of political leaders belonging to the ruling party and opposition as well as their associates, relatives and also of government servants from August 1,2018 till date of this order.
It seeks investigation under relevant sections of the Indian Technology Act, 2000 and Indian Telegraph Act,1885;
Also, identification and investigation of persons involved in connection with alleged illegal/unauthorised/unwanted telephone interception of several ruling and opposition political leaders, their relatives and other government officials, it said.
Yediyurappa's announcement on Sunday came amid signs that the scandal was gaining political steam ever since disqualified JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JD(S) state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 peope, including him.
Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjuna Kharge and home minister in the alliance government M B Patil, had sought a probe while another key party leader and former minister D K Shivakumar rejected the snooping charges and appeared to side with Kumaraswamy.
According to reports, phones of those close to Siddaramaiah, who was the then coalition coordination committee chief, too had come under the watch.
Several BJP leaders, including former chief minister Jagadish Shettar, have directly accused Kumaraswamy of being behind the episode to save his government which was then rocked by dissidence within.
The coalition government ultimately collapsed last month with Kumaraswamy losing the trust vote in the assembly, following which BJP under the leadership of Yediyurappa came to power on July 26.
Kumaraswamy has said he was not afraid of any probe and was ready for any investigation, by even an "international agency."
The snooping controversy surfaced as Bengaluru police commissioner Bhaskar Rao earlier this month ordered an inquiry into the phone tapping incident against the backdrop of a recently leaked telephone conversation purportedly between him and someone in Delhi lobbying on his behalf with some politicians for the post he is occupying now.
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Hyderabad, Nov 28: Slamming the ruling TRS and AIMIM over alleged misgovernance and corruption, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said the electorate should give a message through the December 1 Hyderabad civic polls that they would not give the liberty to loot.
If Faizabad and Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh can become Ayodhya and Prayagraj respectively, he said Hyderabad can again become 'Bhagyanagar'.
The election is to make the "Bhagya" (fortune ) of Bhagyanagar, Adityanath said on Friday night, addressing a BJP campaign meeting ahead of the civic polls on December 1.
"If the fund of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi can reach the accounts of 12 crore farmers, then why KCR government has not directly sent the money into the accounts of those affected by the flood?
Why the liberty to loot was given for TRS activists? These things tell that the government's intention was not clear," he said.
Saying that the entire world appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi in COVID-19 management, he said Rs 20 lakh crore economic package and other measures were announced for people's welfare.
Even on Saturday, "when all other leaders were sleeping in the morning", Modi visited Hyderabad and other cities to review the progress of COVID-19 vaccine development, he said.
Has Chief Minister Rao gone to the lab (Bharat Biotech) despite living in Hyderabad, Adityanath asked.
As the crowd replied in the negative, he claimed it shows that there is no place for people in Rao's heart.
Rao does not have any free time other than for family and AIMIM, he alleged.
If lawlessness is to be spread, Rao has got a model like AIMIM in the form of a friend, he said.
The people have to give a message through the Hyderabad civic polls that they would not give the liberty to loot, Adityanath told the gathering.
If the "TRS and MIM alliance" occupies the civic body, they will have liberty to loot and people would be deprived of basic facilities, he alleged.
"....When BJP was not there in (in power) Uttar Pradesh, people knew the name of the district of Ram Janmabhoomi as Faizabad.We came and gave the name Ayodhya.
If Faizabad can become Ayodhya, if Allahabad can become Prayagraj, then Hyderabad can also become Bhagyanagar again," he said.
He appealed to the voters to make all BJP candidates victorious in all wards to change the "Bhagya" (fortune) of Hyderabad.
Earlier, he held a roadshow in the city to a rousing response from BJP supporters.