Mulayam outraged, UPA in rush act
UP CHIEF minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said the tapping of Samajwadi Party leaders? phones symbolised ?danger? for non-Congress governments.india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 14:12 IST
UP CHIEF minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday said the tapping of Samajwadi Party leaders’ phones symbolised “danger” for non-Congress governments.
Releasing photocopies of “official” orders for tapping Amar Singh’s phone, Mulayam said his counterparts in West Bengal, Bihar and Tamil Nadu could be trusted with a probe into the incident or it could be left to UP’s special task force.
The Delhi police, he said, didn’t deserve to be given this responsibility as they would just perform another “operation cover-up”. The CBI couldn’t be trusted either.
After “operation Samajwadi Party”, there could be similar campaigns against other non-Congress leaders, Mulayam warned. He said party MPs would seek an audience with the President on the issue. He said the Lok Sabha Speaker, Rajya Sabha chairman and PM would also be briefed.
Reacting to the government’s statement that the tapping was done on forged orders, Mulayam said that if this were true, it raised serious issues as forged letters could be used to break the secrecy of the PMO, defence department or sensitive departments.
He also said the Congress was targeting SP leaders as it had failed to revive its fortunes in UP. He added that the Delhi police’s cover-up operation was evident by the way it had swung into action after the complaint — police HQ had been opened at night and within hours, the orders had been declared forged and an arrest made.
Hours later, the Congress dismissed Mulayam’s allegations as “frustration”. On his “unprecedented” demand for a probe by three non-Congress CMs, the AICC’s Ambika Soni said: “Never has such a demand been made. If Mulayam wants to set a new precedent, let him first mobilise opinion on it. And if he has no faith in the investigations presently on, let him approach the Union government.”
First Published: Jan 04, 2006 14:12 IST