Bengaluru: A team of 20 CBI sleuths who swooped down on former city top cop Alok Kumar’s house early in the morning today, concluded their search after 9 hours in the city. The alleged phone tapping happened during the previous coalition government of Congress and JDS. Former CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy is also said to be involved in this sensational case in which phone calls of politicians, officers, religious heads of mutts, and many others were illegally tapped. The new BJP government handed over the case to CBI from the state police after assuming office last month.
CBI officials raided the residence of IPS officer Alok Kumar in connection with the phone-tapping case, here on Thursday.
A team of around 20 officials searched the residence of former Bengaluru city police commissioner, located near Shoolay Circle in the city. He was transferred soon aer the illegal phone-tapping spilled into the open and was posted as Additional Director General of Police, Karnataka State Reserve Police.
Alok was removed as commissioner of police aer a purported telephone conversation between current Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao with Faraz, who was allegedly involved in a Ponzi scheme in Karnataka and was referred to as a close aide of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, was leaked to the media. Following the leak, allegations were levelled against the Congress-JD(S) coalition government for permitting illegal phone-tapping.
Chief minister B S Yediyurappa ordered a probe into the case following which an interim report was submitted on August 13 by the city police. The case was then handed over to CBI in the third week of August.
Following the leak, BJP leaders had blamed former chief minister H DKumaraswamy of approving the prying of opposition leaders and even his coalition partners.