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BJP govt tapping phones of Congress leaders: Karnataka home minister

Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said that ahead of the assembly elections, phones of many Congress leaders were being tapped by the BJP-led central government.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2018 17:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
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Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said phones of Congress leaders are being tapped ahead of the assembly polls.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Karnataka home ministerRamalinga Reddy on Thursday accused the BJP-led government at theCentre of tapping phones of Congress leaders in the state ahead of the assembly elections scheduled to be held this year.

“I have been saying since long that in Karnataka, phones of some people are getting tapped. We are aware how they are tapping,” Reddy said.

“Probably as elections are coming up, phones are getting tapped; it iswrong according to law,” he said, while speaking to reporters here.

Asked whether he was holding the central government responsible for the “tapping”, Reddy said, “Who else, if not them? Will we doit for ourselves? They are doing it.”

The minister, however, did not reveal the name of the leaders whose phones were being “tapped”.

Water resources minister MB Patil has also made similar accusation against the central government in the past.

First Published: Jan 11, 2018 17:36 IST