Fadnavis Govt tapped phones of opposition leader alleges Anil Deshmukh, Uddhav Thackeray ask for probe

Deshmukh said, “There is no doubt that the earlier dispensation has misused the government machinery to tap of phones of leaders from opposition parties,”

Mumbai: On Thursday Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh alleged that the former Devendra Fadnavis dispensation misused government machinery to tap the phones of prominent opposition leaders, and an inquiry has been ordered in this regard.

While talking to media he said the cyber cell of the Maharashtra police department has been directed to look into the complaints of phone-tapping and snooping of leaders who were in the opposition. He said the government is also trying to find those officers, who had been reportedly sent to Israel to study the software of snooping.

“The Maharashtra police cyber cell has been asked to look into the many complaints of snooping/phone tapping that came in during the earlier government. The investigation as per the complaints of snooping on opposition leaders, specifically during the formation of Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government,” Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh said, “There is no doubt that the earlier dispensation has misused the government machinery to tap of phones of leaders from opposition parties,”.

According to reports that some officers were sent to Israel to study the snooping software. Our government is finding out who had gone to Israel and whether there was an official engagement,” Deshmukh said. When questioned about the police deployment for the ‘Mumbai 24 hours’ policy allowing malls, multiplexes and shops to remain open round-the-clock in the city from January 27.

He said the Mumbai police commissioner is preparing a proposal for additional deployment required.

“According to that, the decision will be taken. Around nine residential locations are being identified, where shops and eateries in malls and mill compounds are likely to be open. If private initiation is required police security, they will have to pay for it,” Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh also said that 8,000 new posts in Maharashtra police will be filled. “The more posts will be constables. As many as11.87 lakh applications have been received. The process for recruitment will be decided soon,” he said.

Another question asked about the review meeting of Koregaon Bhima’s case, Deshmukh said the police had briefed him about the case and scheduled another meeting soon. On Thursday the Maharashtra police informed Deshmukh and state Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar about the status of inquiry in the case of violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune on January 1, 2018.

Ajit Pawar, Anil Deshmukh, and senior state police officials held a review meeting on the case at the state secretariat in Mumbai.

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