The Maharashtra government on Friday set up a three-member committee headed by Police Director General Sanjay Pandey to investigate the suspected telephone tapping President of the State Congress, Nana Patole, during the tenure of the previous government led by the BJP.
The other members of the committee are the state intelligence commissioner and the additional commissioner of the special branch. The report must be submitted to the government within three months.
The terms of the commission’s investigation ARE to find out whether from 2015 to 2019, the phones of public officials were illegally tapped for political purposes and to establish accountability.
Last week in the legislature, the state’s interior minister, Dilip Walse Patil, announced that the government would investigate Patole’s allegations. Patil’s announcement came in response to Patole raising the issue in the Assembly.
âPatole spoke about his bugged phone in 2016-17. He also mentioned that other people’s phones have been placed under surveillance. It is a serious problem. A high-level investigation will be carried out and action will be taken against those responsible, âPatil said.
In the assembly, Patole had said: âMy phone was tapped in 2016-2017 under the name of Amjad Khanâ¦ it was alleged that he was involved in drug trafficking.
He added that the phones of the personal assistant of Union Minister Roasaheb Danve, then of BJP deputy Sanjay Kakade and other elected officials had also been tapped. âI was an MP in 2016-2017 and there was no reason to bug my phone. It is an attempt to destroy political careers, âhe added.