Party seeks CM’s resignation; Siddaramaiah pleads ignorance
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday demanded a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into alleged tapping of phones of Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda and his associates by the State police.
The party also demanded resignation of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who also holds the Intelligence portfolio.
BJP spokesperson and former Law Minister S. Suresh Kumar alleged that phone tapping was done at the instructions of the Chief Minister. He said Mr. Siddaramaiah owed an explanation on the issue. The party had decided to write to Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking a CBI probe into the matter.
Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Jagadish Shettar too demanded Mr. Siddaramaiah’s resignation.
He maintained that it would not have been possible for the government to tap Mr. Gowda’s phone without the consent of the Chief Minister as the intelligence wing came under his jurisdiction.
Mr. Gowda said he had “nothing to say” on the controversy.
Mr. Siddaramaiah pleaded ignorance over the issue and, said there was no need for him to tap anyone’s phone.