Though Andhra Pradesh government officials have been alleging that their Telangana counterparts were resorting to an illegal act by tapping phones of legislators and even their chief minister, investigators said that police can tap phones in an anti-corruption operation.
Central Bureau of India (CBI) sleuths have been tapping phones for a long time. Investigators even claimed that it was within the purview of police to tap conversations in graft cases. Also, they said that it is admissible as evidence with supporting documentation in a court of law.
When contacted, senior CBI officials confirmed that the central probe agency, which has Anti-Corruption Division as one of its key branches, has been tapping phones in graft cases. They also stated that they have been furnishing evidence gathered against the accused, obtained through tapping in graft cases, before courts and that was admitted. “Along with audio recordings of phone conversations, we also furnish relevant documentation,” a CBI officer said. In such cases, the CBI interprets corruption by a public servant as threat to the country’s economy.
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