The state anti-corruption and vigilance bureau is all set to grill Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service officers, who are responsible for granting permission in much-talked about telephone snooping as the investigation in the case progress further.
The vigilance bureau, which began probe into phone tapping after chief minister Virbhadra Singh assumed office, is likely to summon four top cops for questioning in connection telephone snoop by police's Crime Investigation Department (CID) technical wing during previous Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party government.
Police officers who have been the nodal officers for giving permission to tap phones are likely to be questioned by this weekend, even as the bureau asked CID to provide more records about phone tapping. Sleuths investigating the case stumbled upon evidence that between July to December last year, CID had granted permission to tap 247 telephones, while forensic investigation revealed that telephonic conversation of more than 1,380 phones were tapped. "We have sought some more records from the CID about permission granted to tap phones," as per state anti-corruption and vigilance bureau.
Police officials could be possibly asked that at whose behest they tapped phone as sleuths stumbled upon telephonic conversations of political leaders from both Congress and BJP, apart from this the computer's hard disc purportedly contained telephonic conversations of government officials, criminal and bureaucrats.
The police move to question officers came following the final report submitted by forensic laboratory last month. The police had also sought details from the cellular companies about the phones that were tapped. But all the firms providing cellular services denied having records.
The report compiled by the anti-corruption and vigilance department is based on data retrieved from computers by experts of the forensic science laboratory. It took the investigators nearly a month to complete the report. A team of forensic experts from forensic laboratory, Junga, had drawn conclusion after eight computers of the technical cell of the CID were seized during the intervening night of December 24 and 25 before Virbhadra assumed office as chief minister.
Virbhadra Singh, in the past, had constantly blamed the previous BJP government for snooping on him and his Congress colleagues.
Role of the IAS officer who held the home department has also come under scanner. A former home secretary is also likely to be called for questioning.