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Govt sets up committee to probe phone tapping charges in Rajasthan

india Updated: Feb 23, 2009 23:27 IST

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The Rajasthan Government on Monday constituted a three-member committee to look into the alleged phone tapping incidents during the previous BJP government.

The committee will have the state Chief Secretary as chairman and principal secretaries of law and agriculture department as members, official sources said in the state capital.

It is tasked to probe "phone tapping and spying" cases to verify if "government officers" violated provisions of Indian Telegraph Act-1855, Indian Telegraph Rules-1999, and Indian Telegraph Rules, 2007, they said.

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot constituted the committee under Indian Telegraph Act- 1855 over the phone intercepting cases.

During the previous government, a cabinet minister had alleged that his phones were "tapped" and "spying" was done outside his official residence, an official statement said.

Over 100 phone calls were allegedly tapped and private telecom players were "asked" to intercept calls of ministers and some important community leaders.

Four top officers of Intelligence, ATS, Special Operation Group, and Inspector-General of Police, Jaipur (range I) would assist the committee in the probe.

The government, however, has not set a time frame to complete the probe.