Having been bugged by the police in the past, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday admitted that large-scale “telephone snooping” couldn't have taken place without connivance of senior police officials.
“The crime (telephone tapping) of this magnitude couldn't have taken place without connivance of officers at the top,” Singh said.
“Whosoever was responsible for running the taps would not be spared. “Those responsible will be booked no matter how powerful they are,” he added.
Simultaneously, he clarified that lower-rung officials will not be made the scapegoat. Singh said the report prepared on the basis of forensic findings made it clear that both the Indian Telegraph Act and the Information Technology Act had been grossly violated.
Singh expressed an apprehension that his son Vikramaditya's telephones might have been tapped during the previous BJP regime.
Singh, who had repeatedly accused his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal of using the official machinery to snoop on his political rivals and particularly those in the Congress, said, “I myself had become a victim of telephone tapping.”
Singh said this when a journalist of a weekly told him that he too had been snooped on by cops.
Singh said action would be taken the cops responsible for bugging his tables at Chandigarh at the time when he was in the union cabinet.
He said cases into corruption during the BJP regime would only be registered after through investigations by cops and further appropriate action would be taken into this. “We don't want to mess up the things and instead want proper legal solutions into such cases,” said Singh.
Interestingly, the chief minister also expressed fear of moles in the Himachal Pradesh secretariat. “Yes there could be many moles, who could be passing information to the opposition,” he added.
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh took a swipe at food and transport minister GS Bali over his reports of resignation prior to the Mandi bypoll. “Had he sent his resignation papers to me, I would have accepted them without wasting time. This kind of acts cannot be tolerated. So far, he has only resigned in the media,” Singh said, clarifying that there would be no change in the portfolios of the minister. Bali had not been attending the office prior to the Mandi bypoll. Allocating portfolios was prerogative of Chief Minister. “Portfolios are distributed in accordance with capability. All ministers are working effectively,” he said. Singh admitted that low voting, which he blamed on inclement weather, could affect the winning margin.
I am in best of health: CM
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh lashed out at his detractors over raising questions on his health conditions. “I am in the best of my health and I am not going for any treatment abroad or for holidaying. Some of my friends are more interested about my health and itinerary,” the chief minister added.