No Tapping Of Phones Of Politicians, Journalists: Govt7 October 2011
Srinagar: The government Friday termed as 'baseless and mischievous' reports that telephone lines of political leaders and journalists in the State were being tapped in the aftermath of death of a ruling National Conference worker. “Government has not issued any such orders,” Principal Secretary, Home B R Sharma said. He said the news report is false, baseless and mischievous. Earlier, a Delhi-based TV channel Times Now had claimed that J&K govt called a meeting to order tapping of phones. Quoting sources, the news channel claimed that J&K government has increased surveillance of politicians and local journalists. “More than 100 phones were ordered to be put under surveillance,” it said. The news channel said the reason behind the move is that the J&K government wants to monitor and keep track of communications between influential people so that they can respond accordingly as the situation unfolds in Kashmir. However, ruling NC has denied the reports of phone tapping. NC chief spokesman Mustafa Kamal said, 'Where is the proof that phones of leaders are being kept under surveillance. If someone has proof, he is free to go to a court of law.' In a related development Davinder Rana, Political advisor to Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, challenged the PDP to prove that government had ordered tapping of phones. 'Let them come forward, prove this charge of phone tapping,' he said. 'This malicious propaganda is being unleashed by PDP because they are masters in manipulative politics of deceit and deception,' he said and accused the PDP of 'influencing' witnesses. He alleged that two PDP leaders were working overtime to influence the witnesses and this would be exposed at an appropriate time and at appropriate fora.