Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil on Tuesday announced a high-level inquiry into the allegation of Congress MLA and state party president Nana Patole that his phone was tapped during the previous BJP-led state government.
Earlier this year, Nana Patole alleged that along with his phone, the phones of several important leaders of NCP, BJP, Shiv Sena as well as those of IAS and IPS officers were also tapped in 2016-17 during the previous Devendra Fadnavis-led government.
The Congress leader had demanded a high-level probe into the matter.
Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Walse Patil said the issue needs to be probed thoroughly.
"A high-level inquiry will be conducted and action will be taken," the minister said, adding a report on it will be tabled in the House during the next legislative session.
He said police officials need to provide telephone numbers and reasons for surveillance while seeking permission for it from the additional chief secretary (Home).
State Water Resources Minister Jayant Patil sought to know how many legislators were under surveillance.
Nana Patole asked on whose instructions was the phone-tapping done.
The Congress MLA said his phone was tapped by police on the pretext that it belonged to one Amjad Khan, who was involved in the narcotics trade.
"This is an attack on an individual's freedom," Nana Patole said.
"Why was my phone number linked to a Muslim name and a drug peddler. Didn't the officials know I was an MP (at that time)?" he asked.
Nana Patole quit the BJP in December 2017 when he was that party's MP. He later returned to Congress.