Jammu And Kashmir Government In Phone Tapping Row8 October 2011
Srinagar: Beleaguered J&K CM Omar Abdullah's troubles seem to be mounting. The People's Democratic Party, according to the National Conference, is spreading rumours of the government tapping telephones of politicians and journalists. A national news channel on Friday reported that the government was tapping the phones of over 100 politicians and local journalists. The state government and the NC strongly denied the charges, saying it was a canard being spread by the PDP. 'This is a blatant lie. I challenge the PDP to prove this. This is a malicious propaganda unleashed by the PDP. They are masters in manipulating and spreading rumours,' political advisor to the CM Devinder Singh Rana said. He claimed that two PDP leaders were meeting those who had witnessed what happened at the chief minister's house on the day NC worker Muhammad Yousuf died, and trying to influence them. By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar Rana said the NC would expose the PDP leaders at an appropriate time. He denied the government was silent on Yousuf's death, saying 'we don't believe in media trial. Truth is on our side and truth will prevail'. The government, too, denied the phone tapping charges. Principal secretary, home, B.R. Sharma said the government had not issued any order to tap phones. 'The news report is false, baseless and mischievous,' he said. The latest charges by the PDP come even as the Omar government is trying to tide over the crisis sparked by the custodial death of Yousuf. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said the NC was committing one offence after another just to cover up its mistakes. 'If these things had happened in another part of the country, the reaction would have been different. The ball is in New Delhi's court. Shashi Tharoor and Ashok Chavan were removed on mere allegations. But here nothing has happened,' she said.