Tamil Nadu phone tapping scandal could be probed

April 15th, 2008 - 12:50 am ICT by admin  

Chennai, April 14 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government is mulling appointment of a commission of enquiry to probe the alleged phone tapping of a conversation between state Chief Secretary L.K. Tripathy and a police official in a case relating to AIADMK chief J. Jayalalitha. A police official told IANS on condition of anonymity: “We know that all these allegations are untrue. Now we have to go about proving that this is the handiwork of mischievous elements through an enquiry commission probably, headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court. Our chief minister may announce this on the floors of the (state) assembly tomorrow (Tuesday).”

A leading newspaper here carried purported transcripts of telephone conversations between Tripathy and a top police official on its front page on a case relating to Kodanandu estate, owned by Jayalalitha.

A private television channel owned by PMK founder S. Ramadoss’s kin followed it up, carrying snatches of other conversations alleging the tapping was done by the intelligence department of the state police.

The Tamil Nadu government Monday denied the charges and announced its intention to prosecute the media organisation without naming it.

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