New Delhi: Shiv Sena leaders and former Maharashtra home minister of state Deepak Kesarkar levelled allegations of phone tapping against the previous Congress government too after present home minister Anil Deshmukh ordered a probe into the phone-tapping of Sena leaders by the Fadnavis government. Also Read - BJP Tapped Phones of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray, Claims Maharashtra Government; Probe On
“If a leader’s phone was tapped, it’s objectionable. It’s good that objection has been raised, but it’s not right for me to comment before probe,” the Sena leader said adding, “As far as phone tapping is concerned, it was known to all that phones of Shiv Sena leaders were tapped even during the Congress regime.” Also Read - Maharashtra Cabinet Approves Proposal to Keep Mumbai Open 24x7 From Jan 27: Aaditya Thackeray
Early on Friday, home minister Anil Deshmukh claimed that phones of several Sena and NCP leaders were tapped during the recently Maharashtra Assembly elections. Also Read - Reciting Preamble Mandatory in Maharashtra Schools Starting This Republic Day, Netizens Say 'Excellent'
“We have received many complaints of phone-tapping and snooping by the previous government. Phones of senior leaders like Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut and even Sharad Pawar were tapped to know who they were talking to,” Deshmukh alleged.
However former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis denied the claims and said, “Phone tapping of opposition leaders is not a tradition of Maharashtra. Our govt never gave such an order. Present state govt is free to do any probe by any agency. Even Shiv Sena leaders were a part of State Home Ministry then.”