A Shimla court has discharged former Himachal Pradesh DGP I D Bhandari in the much publicised phone taping case holding held that prima facie no case is made out against him.
The enquiry into alleged phone taping case was ordered after Virbhadra Singh returned to power and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Vigilance wing headed by a DIG was constituted to probe the matter.
During the probe, the investigating agencies claimed that 1400 to 1500 phones had been illegally taped but when the challan was put after investigations, only two cases were mentioned in the charge sheet.
Bhandari, who got the court relief after nearly three years, said, “Some senior IAS and IPS officers were instrumental in framing cases against me to serve their on ends but I stand vindicated.”
He was booked in a case of phone tapping by the present Congress government, as he was accused of tapping phones illegally during the previous BJP regime.
Addressing a press conference, Bhandari launched a blistering attack on the Congress government for “victimising him by framing false cases” and said the present government was the worst and most corrupt government.
He said in the challan put up in the court, the government had not talked of tapping of 1400 phones illegally.
“The government has now talked of tapping of only two phones illegally and even these two had not been tapped illegally and even if the taping was illegal, it did not concern the DGP, it is under the Inspector General of Police,” he said.
( Source – PTI )