Bangalore: Former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has been facing serious charges in the probe. The police investigation revealed that the phones of many politicians, bureaucrats and journalists were taped during the tenure of former CM Kumaraswamy. However, he is refusing to join it in any way. It started as an internal battle between the officers of the Karnataka Police for the post of Commissioner of Police, Bangalore.
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A few days after the clip was aired, Siddaramaiah, former Home Minister MB Patil, Mallikarjun Kharge and former BJP Home Minister R Ashok were among those who had demanded an inquiry into the phone tapping case. Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa has sought a report from the Chief Secretary on alleged illegal phone tappings that took place around November 2018. Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs of the Congress-JDS alliance were threatening the government with a ministerial post.
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The phone tapping case came to light when Rao's conversation with a person allegedly associated with the Congress high command surfaced on a local channel in Karnataka. Rao was appointed police commissioner by Yeddyurappa on August 2. He was sworn in on July 26. It is said that the talks were held before June 2019 when the Congress-JDS government led by Kumaraswamy was in power and some senior officials of Karnataka were trying to secure the post of Police Commissioner. Rao has not commented on the alleged leak. Kumaraswamy has denied any of his advances on the issue.
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