DK Shivakumar expresses doubts over tapping his phone, Karnataka government denies garbage – The New Indian Express
BENGALURU: Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar said on Friday that he doubted his phone would be tapped and called for an investigation into the matter.
State Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai, however, refuted Shivakumar’s claims and said the BJP government was “responsible” and would not resort to such acts.
“You call my phone, you don’t hear the voice, all these days everything was fine. Since the morning I tried about 20 calls, the voice is not audible,” Shivakumar told reporters here. .
When asked if his phone was tapped, he replied that he had one hundred percent doubts.
But he was unwilling to make any direct allegations without evidence, the congressional leader said and called for an investigation.
He later also wrote to Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant claiming that in the past 2-3 days the voice could not be heard properly on incoming and outgoing calls and there was ” disturbances and unwanted sounds “.
“I highly doubt that my phone calls will be tapped. I therefore ask you to investigate appropriately and take the necessary action,” he said.
Responding to his comments, Bommai said in a statement that there was no question of bugging Shivakumar’s phone.
“Ours is a responsible government and will not stoop to wiretapping, nor do we have that need. If he couldn’t talk to his party leaders when they called, he would have to check with the phone companies about it. because the wiretaps are not correct ”, declared the minister.
Noting that the CBI was investigating the wiretapping affair during the previous Congress-JDS reign of which Shivakumar was a part, Bommai said that “such experiences can occur during their rule. This government does not care about the activities of Shivakumar, nor is it necessary for that. “
In August last year, the BJP government ordered a CBI investigation into the alleged wiretapping during the Congress-JD (S) coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy in which Shivakumar was a minister.
The Kumaraswamy government which has been shaken by dissent has been accused of tapping phones and spying on a number of people in an attempt to prevent its collapse.