“Govt tapping phones without permission”: Assam Leader of Oppositions stirs fresh controversy

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Government is snooping on the phones of the political leaders from both opposition and some from their own party: Debabrata Saikia
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Debabrata Saikia (file)

Guwahati: In a sensational revelation, Leader of Opposition Debabrata Saikia on Saturday alleged that the Assam police have been illegally tapping his phone calls with other politicians, their aides and bureaucrats without permission.

This comes amid the audio clip controversy between the Bihpuria MLA Amiya Kumar Bhuyan and two police officers from the Assam police department.

Speaking to the media, Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Debabrata Saikia said, “I doubt that the police department is tapping my phone calls. On various occasions, officials hang up saying “Sir, let’s not talk over the phone”. Being the leader of the opposition, I make various phone calls to take suggestions, feedback to counter the BJP party on their immoral conduct. For sure, telephone tapping is going on in the state.”

Saikia also alleged that the state government might have got permission to tape the phone calls of certain militants; however, taking the advantage of this, the government is snooping on the phones of the political leaders from both opposition and some from their own party without seeking prior permission.

Earlier, the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma has strictly directed the government officials to stop the approach of tapping phone calls.

While addressing the media, CM Sarma said, “Tapping a phone call of a public representative is unconstitutional, it is not legal. The way an MLA’s phone call was recorded and later shared with the media was not right. If this approach continues, then people will find it difficult to make a call thinking of phone tapping.”

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