Anil Deshmukh, an NCP leader and a minister in the Maharashtra cabinet has alleged that the phones of non-BJP leaders in Maharashtra were tapped during the assembly elections in Maharashtra.
Amidst the allegations, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has also claimed that a senior leader of the BJP had asked him to be cautious as phones of several leaders of his party was being tapped.
In a tweet Raut said, “Your phone is being tapped. This was told to me by a senior BJP minister earlier. I told him whoever wishes to listen to my conversations is free to do so. I am a disciple of Balasaheb Thackeray, I don’t do anything secretly.”
After reports of these allegations doing rounds in the media, sources claim the state government has ordered a probe into the alleged phone tapping case.
Several vernacular and national media reports claim that NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray’s phone were also being tapped.
Reports also say that the tapping of phone went on till the government was formed.
The India Today TV has reported that the Maharashtra’s home department has ordered an inquiry into the matter.
Cabinet Minister Anil Deshmukh while speaking to reports in Mumbai said that the cyber cell of the state police department was directed to look into the complaints of alleged phone-tapping.
“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.
However, former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has denied the allegations.
Fadnavis said that tapping of phones is not 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,” said Fadnavis.