There seems to be no end to the woes of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party as the state forensic laboratory submitted its final report in the infamous phone tapping case to the state anti-corruption and vigilance bureau on Wednesday.
The voluminous report is likely to spell trouble for officials of home and the police's crime investigation department, who held different positions at the time when telephones were tapped during the regime of the Prem Kumar Dhumal government.
Assistant director of the state forensic science laboratory, Junga, Visheshwar Sharma headed the team, while other members included Rajat Chaudhary and Jagjit Singh.
After conducting a detailed analysis of the report, sleuths of the vigilance bureau are likely to question officers for their role in running taps on telephones of political leaders, bureaucrats, journalists and realtors.
"We have not yet seen the content of the report," said a senior officer of the bureau, confirming that the forensic laboratory has submitted the report. The reports also contain the duration of time for which the taps were run.
Sources have told the Hindustan Times that in many cases CID sleuths ran taps even after the stipulated period was over.
Investigations so far have revealed that there were several cases where phones were tapped without requisite permission from the government.
The vigilance bureau after registration of an FIR had asked the forensic laboratory to conduct analyses of the data retrieved from the computers' hard discs seized from officials of the CID.
The police had seized the computers from the offices of the CID's technical wing soon after chief minister Virbhadra Singh took over the reins of the state in December 2012. The police had seized eight computers and a hard disc and they were further sent for investigations to the forensic laboratory.
Earlier, investigations conducted by the forensic laboratory had found records of 1,385 telephones that were tapped by the CID and the SACVB till December 2012.
The bureau, which has almost completed its investigation in the case, was waiting for the report of the SFSL and the report will be subsequently prepared and submitted to the government and actions against the accused will be initiated.
Sources said by the start of the month, the bureau would prepare its final report based on the SFSL detailed analysis reports and submit it to the government. "It is likely that the names of the accused will be included in the anonymous FIR registered with the vigilance bureau," said a senior government official.
Officials maintained that after the submission of the report, the police will also summon senior police officials for questioning and the erring officials will be made accused under whose orders the phones were tapped. Recently, the sleuths had found devices from the cupboards in CID offices that purportedly contained recorded voices of persons.
December 25, 2012: Computers seized from CID and vigilance bureau offices
February 19: The then DGP, ID Bhandari, was removed
June 15: Investigation completed and VB submitted the report to the government
June 26: FIR registered by the vigilance bureau