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'Probe into phone tapping to be completed in two months'

Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times  Shimla, March 16, 2013
First Published: 20:27 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 20:34 IST(16/3/2013)

Undeterred by former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's threat to sue anybody who makes public comments on phone tapping, chief minister Virbhadra Singh said investigations in the infamous phone tapping case would be completed within next two months as the Congress plans to hit the streets on the issue.

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The Congress on Saturday made a scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Congress leaders castigated the previous Dhumal-led government for land violations, corruption and telephone tapping.

All-India Congress Committee general secretary Birender Singh announced that all allegations in the Congress chargesheet would be probed by the government.

“The Congress has levelled serious allegations of corruption, and land law violations against the BJP,” he said.

He said in the neighbouring Congress-ruled Uttarakhand, the government had set up a single-man commission to probe main allegations of corruption raked up by the Congress when it was in opposition.

He said the findings of the one-man commission were finally approved by the cabinet that recommended action.

The Congress will launch a statewide stir to make people aware on telephone tapping. “We will tell the people how the previous government had intruded the privacy of the common man,” said Birender Singh Chaudhary, who was here to participate in the extended meeting of Pradesh Congress Committee convened by  state Congress chief Sukvinder Singh “Sukhu”.

Elaborating on the preparation for the party 2014 mission, Birender announced that the party would constitute a task force headed by senior Congress leader Harbhajan Singh Bhajji to counter the central issues being raked up by the opposition party. He said the task force would comprise six members.

Birender Singh praised the budget presented by the chief minister.

He said the budget announcements particularly unemployment allowance and free travel facility to students were in accordance with the promises made in the election manifesto.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh said the government would conduct time-bound investigations into the telephones tapped by the crime investigation department during the BJP regime.

“The vigilance will conduct probe into telephone tapping which will be completed within two months' time,” he added.

The state party chief said the party would initiate a consistent campaign to highlight the wrongdoings of the BJP government. The government is conducting an inquiry into telephone tapping, but it becomes the duty of the Congress to make people of the state aware on the issue, he added.

Sukhvinder Singh lashed out at the BJP for criticising the Congress government over rechristening of schemes. “The BJP had set a wrong precedence by renaming schemes of living leaders, though we have full respect for them,” he added.

After a long time, former telecommunication minister Sukh Ram was seen on the dais at the Congress office. Other who shared the dais included chief minister Virbhadra Singh, PCC chief Sukhvinder Singh, IPH minister Vidya Stokes, revenue minister Kaul Singh, Congress working committee member Dhani Ram Shandil, Dalhousie MLA and AICC secretary Asha Kumari, AICC secretary Anees Ahmad and former Punjab finance minister RS Singla.


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