SHO called me several times :  Cheema,Asks EC to take cognizance of illegal phone tapping by CM

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Chandigarh May 7 – The SAD Senior Vice President Dr Daljeet Singh
Cheema today challenged the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder
Singh to make public all the call details of the Shakot SHO Parminder
Singh, covering the calls made by and to him since the announcement of
the by-poll process for the Shahkot Vidhan Sabha Constituency.  “If at
all they are resorting to such lowly practices as tapping the phones
of their political opponents, government officials and private
citizens, then the Chief Minister should actually  make public details
of threatening calls being made by sand mining kingpins to the
concerned SHO.”

The SAD also called upon the Election Commission of India to take
suo motto notice of the government indulging in tapping of phones of
political personages especially when a poll process is on. “This
amounts to a brazen misuse of government machinery during the
electoral process. and the EC should immediately step in to stop it.”
The Akali leader  said that the Chief Minister was actually
“browbeating and stopping  the officers from discharging their duties
impartially and in fairness. has openly sent out a strong signal to
the entire bureaucracy and the police force that any one interacting
with the representatives of the people in the discharge of their
duties would be severely penalized. Thus , the CM has categorically
told the officers that they should shut out the representatives  of
the people from the opposition parties. Whom can the people now turn
to for the redress of their grievances  against the government?”
In a statement here this afternoon, Dr Cheema said, “The
Chief Minister is telling a lie in asserting that I called the SHO.
The fact is that the SHO called me several times . He sounded
extremely nervous and disturbed  and said that he was being threatened
by “the higher ups”  for having registered a case for illegal mining
against the Congress candidate from Shahkot, Hardev Singh Sherowali.
In fact,the SHO is under so much pressure and psychological stress
that he called me even today. It seems the state agencies did not
brief the CM about this call  made  today,” said Dr Cheema

The Akali leader  also asked the Chief Minister to tell the people
what is illegal or inappropriate for a government officer to call a
representative of  the people  in the state.
Dr Cheema also  questioned the “the ethics and legality of
the government secretly tapping the phones of the Opposition leaders
and of their own officers. This is a national issue as it amounts to
an outrage against the Constitution of India which guarantees the
right to privacy to all citizens of India.”