Dhumal rubbishes phone-tapping charges
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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.


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

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