The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out raids at multiple locations in Bengaluru, Karnataka which included the residence of Alok Kumar. Kumar, a former Police Commissioner, had his residence searched in the alleged case of phone tapping of politicians and bureaucrats. This was done during the term of Congress-JDS Government in Karnataka. Raids are being conducted in several parts of Bengaluru in relation to the case.
The current BS Yediyurappa-led Government had earlier asked for a CBI probe after the disqualified JD(S) MLA Vishwanath accused Kumaraswamy of orchestrating the phone tapping. The alleged phone tapping controversy came into light when a phone conversation was leaked to the media. After Yediyurappa attained the Chief Ministerial post, he transferred Kumar and ordered an enquiry into the phone tapping. CBI has launched a crackdown in lieu of the allegations. The search comes days after the case was taken by CBI. One particular number was put under surveillance by the technical support centre of the state police. This comes under the department of the Bengaluru Police Commissioner. The residence of Kumar, located near Shoolay Circle in the city is currently being searched by a team of 20 officials.
Karnataka: A team of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is present at the residence of Bengaluru's former Police Commissioner, Alok Kumar. More details awaited. pic.twitter.com/epYc3CHe6N— ANI (@ANI) September 26, 2019
Soon after taking oath as the Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa wrote to the Centre seeking a CBI probe into the matter. The Bengaluru Cyber Police Station had earlier registered a case following the complaint of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) under section 72 of the Indian Technology Act, 2000 and Section 26 of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885. The case was then handed over to the CBI. However, the CBI is yet to release a statement and only after the findings in the investigation will the name of the people involved in the case be revealed. This is, however, the first search operation conducted by the CBI after it took over the case.