Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (Photo Credit: File/PTI)
New Delhi :
The Maharashtra government has ordered an inquiry into the alleged phone tapping of Opposition leaders during the previous Devendra Fadnavis regime. State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that the Devendra Fadnavis government had misused government machinery to tap the phones of opposition leaders. He said that the police have been instructed to look into the complaints of snooping during the previous government.
"The cyber cell of Maharashtra police has been asked to look into the various complaints of snooping/phone tapping that came in during the previous government. The inquiry is being done following complaints of snooping on opposition leaders, especially during the formation of (Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi) government," Deshmukh said.
"There is no doubt that the previous dispensation has misused the government machinery to tap of phones of leaders from opposition parties," he said.
The Maharashtra home minister also said that the Devendra Fadnavis government had sent some officials to Israel to study the snooping software. "There were reports that some officers were sent to Israel to study the snooping software. We are finding out who had gone to Israel and whether there was any official engagement," Deshmukh said.
When asked 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 city police commissioner is preparing a proposal for additional deployment required.
"The decision will be taken accordingly. Locations in nine residential areas are being identified, where shops and eateries in malls and mill compounds are likely to be open. If private establishments require police security, they will have to pay for it," he said.