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Kanda accuses Haryana govt of tapping phones of ministers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 30, 2014
First Published: 16:21 IST(30/4/2014) | Last Updated: 16:27 IST(30/4/2014)

Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda on Wednesday accused the Congress government in Haryana of illegally tapping the phones of all the ministers. Kanda, who is an accused in Geetika Sharma suicide case and is currently out on bail, met Governor Jagannath Pahadia earlier on Wednesday to submit a letter expressing his withdrawal of support to the Congress government.

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The first time Independent MLA from Sirsa was among the seven Independents who had supported Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress government on the floor of the assembly after the Congress failed to muster a simple majority in 2009 assembly polls. Kanda was subsequently rewarded with a minister of state berth and home portfolio.

He however was forced to resign from the Cabinet after a former employee of Kanda's defunct MDLR airlines, Geetika Sharma, committed suicide and blamed Kanda in her suicide note. The Sirsa MLA is undergoing trial in the case.

Kanda, who has announced the formation of a political outfit, Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP), told mediapersons at a press conference that even as minister of state for home he was in the know of illegal tapping of phones of the ministers.

"I even brought this to the notice of the chief minister and registered my protest. But no one listened to me and my contention was met with denial,” he said.

The former minister, however, refused to go into the specifics of the phone tapping, saying he did not want to spell out the name of the agency or the officials involved in the illegal tapping.

"I very well know who all are involved but I cannot reveal the names. You can ask the chief minister about this,” he parried a query.

When asked why the state government would tap the phones of ministers, he said this could be due to fear in the mind of the power that be.

On his withdrawal of support to the Congress government, Kanda said that since he was floating a new political party, he cannot support another party. "I am disassociating myself from the Congress government. I have fulfilled my promise of supporting this government for five years.

I don't want this government to fall but at the same time by distancing myself, I want to ensure that the blame for the fall of this government does not come on me,” Kanda said.

The former minister said that ruling party MLAs and ministers in the Congress regime did not have any say in government affairs.

On whether he felt being framed in Geetika Sharma suicide case, Kanda said he has been saying this from the very beginning while seeking a fair probe into the authenticity of the so-called suicide note of Geetika.”

The irony is that chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda did not even once paid heed to my pleas of a fair probe. Resultantly, the case remained a one-sided affair. However, I do not wish to comment on it as it was a sub-judice matter,” he said.


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