//IPS officer in dock over phone tapping during Hindutva rule

IPS officer in dock over phone tapping during Hindutva rule

Jaipur, April 19 (Agencies): A senior IPS officer of Rajasthan cadre may find himself in trouble over the alleged phone tapping of senior politicians and bureaucrats during the previous BJP government in the state with telephone operators substantiating the charge of a committee constituted to look into the issue. The committee constituted by the Ashok Gehlot Government and headed by state Chief Secretary has been informed by the telecom operators that nearly 100 numbers were illegally tapped during the tenure of Vasundhara Raje Government. Four top officers of Intelligence, ATS and Special Operations Group, and Inspector-General of Police, Jaipur (range I) are to assist the committee in the probe. Though the Committee is yet to meet formally, sources in the state government said the members had written to all the operators in Rajasthan asking for details of the numbers tapped and also where the sanction was not taken by the appropriate authorities. According to the Indian Telegraph Act, phone calls can be tapped under special circumstances only after written orders from the state Home Secretary.