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August 5, 2021

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BJP MLA grievance raises cellphone tapping spectre in Karnataka once more

The spectre of political cellphone tapping is looming once more in Karnataka with a BJP MLA thought of to be amongst these opposing the management of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa alleging that his cellphone is underneath surveillance.
The BJP MLA from the Hubli Dharwad West constituency, Arvind Bellad, was amongst a number of MLAs who raised the flag of dissent in a short-lived try to get the BJP to vary the management in Karnataka throughout a current go to by state in-charge Arun Singh.Bellad, 51, has expressed suspicions of his cellphone being tapped—he mentioned sure individuals appear to concentrate on his whereabouts and conferences—and of receiving calls from a person figuring out himself as Yuvaraj Swami, the “religious chief” who’s in jail for dishonest dozens together with a former Excessive Courtroom choose.
Primarily based on a letter written by Bellad to the state House Minister and the Speaker of the Meeting relating to the suspicions of cellphone tapping, the matter has been referred to the Bengaluru Police for investigation by the state Director Basic of Police Praveen Sood.
“We’ve referred the matter to the police commissioner. He has mentioned {that a} probe can be executed by an acceptable officer,” House Minister Basavaraj Bommai mentioned on the allegations made by the MLA Bellad.
The allegations of cellphone tapping by a member of the ruling social gathering have come even because the state authorities is but to sanction the submitting of chargesheets by the CBI in opposition to a number of police officers in a case of tapping of telephones of a number of distinguished individuals and politicians registered in 2019 in the course of the tenure of the JDS-Congress authorities.
The BJP authorities which got here to energy in July 2019 had handed the probe of the cellphone tapping case to the CBI however no clearance for submitting of a chargesheet has been given within the case.
“Some days in the past I returned a name that I missed, an individual mentioned he was Yuvraj Swami and that he wished to discuss political developments. I disconnected the decision,” Bellad mentioned. “A couple of days later the particular person referred to as once more saying he was wrongly imprisoned,” the MLA mentioned.Bellad mentioned that he suspected a conspiracy over the calls being made by an individual who’s in jail with whom he had not spoken earlier.
An astrologer and alleged serial cheat, Yuvaraj Swami—who claimed to have excessive connections within the BJP and RSS—was arrested by the Bengaluru police in December 2020 on prices of duping a number of individuals of a number of crores by promising them excessive authorities positions utilizing his connections. Swami was suspected to have been a part of a political coup that was being tried within the state final 12 months when he was arrested.
The BJP MLA Bellad has additionally mentioned that some individuals appeared to concentrate on all his actions and “all this stuff make me really feel that my cellphone has been tapped and is monitored.”
“A replica of the grievance by the MLA Arvind Bellad has been transferred to the Bengaluru police by the state DGP. He has mentioned that calls have come from an unknown quantity on a couple of events. He has additionally alleged that his cellphone is being tapped. We’ll accumulate info from the MLA and examine,” the Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant said.
“Yediyurappa entrusted the phone tapping investigation to the CBI in 2019 when he got here to energy after the Kumaraswamy-led coalition authorities. When his personal social gathering chief Bellad has raised the difficulty, why has the investigation been given to the Bengaluru police,” the state Congress chief D Okay Shivakumar mentioned on Saturday.

The identify of the Hubli Dharwad MLA Arvind Bellad has emerged in current days as a doable chief minister candidate within the occasion of the BJP deciding to vary management in Karnataka.
Bellad belongs to the Panchamshali sect of the dominant Lingayat group – which is massive in measurement however has been complaining in current instances of being overshadowed by the Banajiga sect which is smaller in measurement however has loved much less political energy within the state.
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa and as many as eight different ministers within the BJP cupboard in Karnataka belong to the Banajiga sect whereas there are solely three ministers from the Panchamshali sect within the state cupboard. The Panchamshalis staged a protest for over a month earlier this 12 months searching for backward caste categorisation and reservations within the state.

Bellad’s father Chandrakanth Bellad is a veteran BJP chief with roots within the RSS who by no means grew to become a minister in Karnataka. Chandrakanth Bellad made a public assertion final week saying chief minister B S Yediyurappa should resign from his put up because of unhappiness within the social gathering over his management.
In August 2019, the then new BJP authorities in Karnataka had ordered a full-fledged CBI investigation into political cellphone tapping within the state after a preliminary probe by the Bengaluru police revealed that giant scale unlawful tapping had allegedly occurred in the course of the tenure of the earlier JD(S)-Congress coalition authorities.

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