Swamy flays TN govt on telephone tapping reports

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Chennai, Feb 2 (UNI) Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy today alleged that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's government would go the way of former Karnataka counterpart Ramakrishna Hegde on the telephone tapping issue.

Talking to newspersons here Dr Swamy charged that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister must think about the fate of the Hegde government, which had ordered tapping of telephones of other political leaders in 1988.

''Mr Karunanidhi's bland denial in the Assembly will not do.

Mr Hegde had also blandly denied the tapping till relevant documents proving the charge were produced,'' he alleged.

Dr Swamy said he had sent a notice to Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary seeking a reply charging that his mobile telephone was also included in the list of those whose telephones had been tapped by the Tamil Nadu government as reported in an English daily in Chennai on January 29 this year.

In the letter, a copy of which he released to the media, Dr Swamy pointed out that the tapping was illegal and a gross invasion of privacy and flagrant violation of one's fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

He alleged that the Chief Minister had also flouted all the safeguards laid down by the Supreme Court in 1997 and added he would file a suit against him of Rs 1 crore for damages caused by the violation of his fundamental rights under Article 19 of the Constitution.

Dr Swamy also alleged that the Sethusamudram Shipping canal Project (SSCP) envisaged by the ruling DMK government in Tamil Nadu would never become a reality, following reports about its non viability.

''The demise of the project is certain'', he charged, adding ''The conspiracy to defame Hindu religion has been defeated.'' UNI VV SBC KP1810

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