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Tapping of phones not in Maharashtra culture: Fadnavis denies Uddhav govt’s charge


Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has denied charges of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government that the phones of NCP and Shiv Sena leaders were being tapped during the elections.

Fadnavis has said tapping phones is not part of the political culture of Maharashtra.

“Tapping phone is not Maharashtra’s political culture and the state government had never given any such orders. About those who have complained, everyone knows how trustworthy are they,” Fadnavis has said.

Fadnavis also added, “But if the government wants to do an investigation they are free to do that. People of Maharashtra know the truth. Shiv Sena had a Minister of State in the Home Ministry. I can only request that they should do an investigation at the earliest and make that report public. If need be, they should go to Israel and conduct an investigation.”

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has alleged that the phones of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and MP Sanjay Raut were tapped by the previous BJP-led government.

He said the dispensation misused government machinery to tap the phones of opposition leaders, and an inquiry has been ordered in this regard.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, the minister said the cyber cell of the state police department has been directed to look into the complaints of phone-tapping and snooping of leaders who were then in the opposition.

He said the government is also trying to find those officers, who had been reportedly sent to Israel to study the snooping software then.

“The cyber cell of Maharashtra police has been asked to look into the various complaints of snooping/phone tapping that came in during the previous government. The inquiry is being done following complaints of snooping on opposition leaders, especially during the formation of (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi) government,” Deshmukh said.

“There is no doubt that the previous dispensation has misused the government machinery to tap of phones of leaders from opposition parties,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sanjay Raut said on Friday he has nothing to hide and if anyone wishes to tap his phone, they are welcome.

(With PTI inputs)

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