Dhumal rubbishes phone-tapping charges

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 23:34

Shimla: The phone-tapping controversy
snowballed today with the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem
Kumar Dhumal rubbishing allegations of keeping a tab on his
political opponent and Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh
who accused him of acting like a "spy".

Dhumal dismissed contents in a CD purportedly containing
the voice of Dhumal as "fabricated" while Singh said the audio
and videotape alleged showing a BJP MP accepting bribe have
"highly compromised" the Chief Minister`s position.

On his part, Dhumal ordered a CID probe into the issue.
"I have asked the state CID to carry out a probe into the
CDs to bring out the truth before the people," Dhumal said,
while denying the charge and dubbing the CDs as "fake
and fabricated".

The probe will be carried out by Additional Director
General of Police, CID, I D Bhandari who has been asked to
submit his report at the earliest.

A packet containing two audio CDs and one video CD was
sent to some newspaper offices here last night.

In one audio CD, Dhumal, who belongs to BJP, is
purportedly giving a "go ahead" to Director General of Police
(State Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau) D S Manhas to tap
phones of Singh and his wife Pratibha.

Manhas said he would not like to comment on "rumours of a
CD doing the rounds".

Singh, who served as Chief Minister five times before
becoming a union minister, had in the past alleged that his
telephones were being tapped by the state authorities.


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First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 23:34

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