The vigilance and anti-corruption bureau of the state police has completed the probe into the alleged phones tapping and has submitted its report to ADGP (Vigilance and Anti-corruption). Though, vigilance hasn’t revealed much about it, but from reliable sources, it was learned that phones had been tapped illegally without authorisation from competent authority and vigilance has recommended the filing of a criminal case against the erring officials.
Earlier, Virbhadra Singh Govt had seized the hard discs of CID and Vigilance computers after taking control of power on December 25 last year and asked vigilance to carry out through investigation into it.
As per the reports as many as 1,385 phones were intercepted in the four-year period between January 2009 and December 2012 with permission. Out of this, 257 phones were put on surveillance from July to December 2012.
However, former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal had denied phone tapping during his tenure. He had accused Virbhadra Singh for defaming him in public by raising such issues. Dhumal had also demanded an enquiry by a sitting judge of the Himachal Pradesh High Court.