Yeddyurappa urges PM to probe Lokayukta phone tapping

July 25th, 2011 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Monday wrote to the prime minister and urged him to set up a committee to probe the allegations of phone tapping levelled by state Lokayukta Santosh Hegde.

The chief minister said his government has nothing to do with the phone tapping of Hegde’s phone ahead of the release of the ombudsman’s report in the multi-crore mining scam, in which he has been named.

“I would like to categorically state that the government has at no point authorised any such tapping of the telephone of the Lokayukta. Even the idea of tapping the phone of such eminent authorities is unimaginable and I am personally pained that the government is being unfairly blamed in the matter,” Yeddyurappa wrote in the letter.

“Keeping in view the high degree of sensitivity of the matter, I request you to kindly appoint a committee of senior personalities from Karnataka to enquire into the matter of the alleged phone tapping,” the chief minister said.

A copy of the letter was also sent to party president Nitin Gadkari.

The Lokayukta report, which was leaked to the media last week, has reportedly indicted the chief minister along with several other key ministers of his government.

The ombudsman alleged that his phone had been tapped.

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