Himachal govt to file challan in phone tapping case soon

Shimla/December 24
Alleging that BJP is bringing charge sheet against Congress led government as the opposition is feeling the heat of inquiries against its own irregularities committed during its regime, Himachal’s Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said that the inquiry into phone tapping issue is near completion and the challan in this regard will be filed soon.
Singh said that during the BJP regime, certain telephone numbers were illegally tapped and the government officials had some vested agenda behind recording the conversations phone.
“Congress government had ordered probe by Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau into the alleged illegal phone tapping and a case in this regard was registered by the vigilance and anti-corruption bureau in June this year,” Singh said.
The total number of phones tapped, mainly of Congress leaders, government functionaries and journalists in violation of the Indian Telegraph Act, was over 1,300, said officials.
Virbhadra Singh said the BJP was bringing a charge sheet on one year of Congress government only because it (BJP) is feeling the heat of inquiries against its own irregularities in previous regime.
He stressed that the BJP cannot influence the ongoing inquiries which will continue with the same spirit. While on the issue of probe against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and lawyer Prashant Bhushan’s Kumud Bhushan Educational Society, named after his mother, that was allowed by the previous BJP government to purchase 4.68 hectares of land in a tea garden near Palampur, the chief minister said that Bhushan is not above the law and mere inquiry doesn’t mean that someone is guilty.
While reiterating that the government was not pursuing any vendetta against BJP, the Chief Minister said that we are just probing the charge sheet against them which was made by a committee while Congress was in opposition in state.
While speaking on completion of one year by Congress led government in the statement, Singh said that he was satisfied with the functioning of all the ministers and the overall performance of our government is good.
“The government has taken time to settle the things because the systems were badly spoiled by previous BJP government. We have adopted our election manifesto as policy document of state government for fulfillment of poll promises made to the people,” he said, adding that the state government has started various schemes for the welfare of general which include Rajiv Gandhi food security scheme, subsidized ration for all, Skill Development Allowance scheme for unemployed youth of the state and free travelling facility to the students of government schools.