Police tapping Team Anna's phones, claims Kejriwal

Police tapping Team Anna's phones, claims Kejriwal

"Phones of all Team Anna members are being tapped. We always had this hunch but had no evidence. Some incidents have occurred in the last few days, which confirm our suspicion," said Kejriwal. 

Kejriwal said one of Anna's assistants Thursday read out Hazare's note to him, saying he would like to go to Rajghat for a while when he comes to Delhi.

"He (Hazare) wanted that this should not be disclosed to anyone as he wanted to sit there alone in peace for some time. Within 15 minutes of this conversation, our office got a call from the police asking us to give all details of Anna's visit to Rajghat. We were completely shocked," he said.

According to Team Anna, as per law, phones of only those people could be tapped who are a threat to national security. "Is Anna and his team a threat to national security," asked Kejriwal.

"Permission to tap phones under present law is given by home secretary. Would the home secretary or home minister clarify whether such permission was ever given to any agency to tap our phones? If yes, how is Team Anna a threat to national security?"

Kejriwal said corrupt people are the real threat.

"Interestingly, they are the ones who have the power to give permission to tap phones or order investigations against themselves. Present home secretary's immediate boss P. Chidambaram is under a cloud for his alleged role in 2G scam," he said.

"Obviously, no home secretary would ever give permission to any agency to investigate against his own boss. We have been demanding that after Lokpal is created, such permission should be given by a bench of Lokpal rather than home secretary.

Government has been opposing this for obvious reasons," he added.