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Himachal Govt to probe CD episode

india Updated: Jan 20, 2010 23:57 IST
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The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday ordered an enquiry into the authenticity of an audio CD that allegedly has incriminating evidence against Chief Minister PK Dhumal.

On Tuesday, reporters and various others including officers and judges in Shimla received copies of the audio CD that contained the recorded voice of Dhumal ordering state vigilance chief DS Manhas to tap the phones of Union Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife, Pratibha Singh.

It is, however, not known where the CD came from.

Dhumal said the CD was not genuine. “I have ordered an independent inquiry into the authenticity of the audio CD by the CID,” he said.

Manhas said in Shimla that the alleged conversation had never taken place. Singh, however, demanded an enquiry by central agencies.

Another audio CD and a video CD also reached people in the same manner. Virbhadra Singh said: “My phones and those of many other Congress leaders are being tapped for two years, and my Shimla home is under surveillance of the state police. Dhumal should have been a spy, and not a politician,” said Singh, who was chief minister of the state five times.

“A proper procedure is to be followed for allowing phone tapping in cases of national security. Was it (done)? What will the state CID, which is working under directions from Dhumal, probe?’ Singh asked.

The Congress supported Singh’s demand. “It is a serious matter and we demand an impartial inquiry,” said party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.

Shimla BJP MP ready for probe Virender Kashyap, Lok Sabha MP from Shimla, who has been allegedly shown to be accepting cash on the video CD, said he was ready for probe. “The video CD is fabricated and I am ready to face a probe,” he told reporters.

The CD is dated April 17, 2009, when Kashyap was campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.