After IPL, Govt to face heat over phone tapping

Posted By: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Apr 24: Even as the government grapples to handle the Opposition's cries over the Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy, the reported phone tapping issue is set to turn on the heat for UPA.

The government, however, was quick to respond as it has already started 'looking into it'.

"We are getting it examined. We have taken note of it and it is being looked into," PMO sources told a news agency on Saturday, Apr 24.

Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its guns to launch an attack on the government.

Arguing that tapping of phones was in violation of Article 21 of the Constitution which assures protection of life and liberty to every citizen, BJP deputy leader in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia said that BJP will be raising the issue in the Parliament on Monday, Apr 26.

The latest allegation against the government surfaced in the media on Friday, Apr 23. Quoting highly placed sources, a weekly magazine, Outlook, has states that the government had tapped phones of senior political leaders like NCP supremo and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and Congress leader Digvijay Singh at various intervals of time.

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