BANGALORE: The alleged telephone tapping of railways minister DV Sadananda Gowda’s close aides by Bangalore city police has taken a political turn with the state BJP unit demanding a CBI inquiry into it. It also sought chief minister Siddaramaiah’s resignation.
The party also decided to take the issue to Union minister of communication and information technology Ravishankar Prasad. Though his party is batting for him, Gowda doesn’t want to talk about it. “The tapping was invasion of privacy. It has been done to find out if I was influencing witnesses to save my son in the case. As the inquiry is still on, I don’t want to speak on this. I can speak only after police file the chargesheet,” said Gowda. (The case refers to a Kannada actress claiming she was raped and cheated by DVS’s son).
BJP spokesperson S Suresh Kumar referring to a report in Bangalore Mirror said: “It (tapping) is a violation of the Indian Telegraph Act. Telephone tapping can be allowed only when a person is involved in anti-national activities. Tapping a Union minister’s close relatives and friends is a political conspiracy by the state government.”
Fixing responsibility on the CM, the former law minister said: “The CM holds the intelligence portfolio. How can tapping happen without his knowledge?” Former CM and opposition leader Jagadish Shettar demanded Siddaramaiah’s resignation.
The CM said: “I don’t know about it. We (government) are in no way involved. And there is no need for us to do such things.”