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Snooping began under Kodiyeri, says Senkumar

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‘Billed as Sanghi for speaking the truth’

The police began snooping during the tenure of Kodiyeri Balakrishnan as Home Minister, former State Police Chief T.P. Senkumar has said.

Addressing a function organised by the BJP State unit here on Friday to felicitate regional leaders of various parties who became members recently, Mr.Senkumar said Jacob Punnoose was the State Police Chief then. He also reminisced that his name was dragged into a phone-tapping controversy that had serious political ramifications in the State.

Leakage of information furnished by the Chief of Intelligence to the hi-tech cell at the police headquarters in 2012 to probe certain phone calls and email messages that had a bearing even on national security had triggered a row.

When the solar scam erupted, there were allegations that the telephone of political leaders and journalists were being tapped. Mr.Senkumar said certain sections of the media had blamed him for snooping.

False allegations

Many had raised false allegations. He was billed as Sanghi for speaking the truth. “If anyone is labelled as a Sanghi for speaking the truth everyone could be named so,” he said.

His participation at a function organised by the Seva Bharathi was deemed as a sin. The State had seen the selfless service rendered by them during the floods.

Mr.Senkumar said he would continue to cooperate with the Seva Bharathi, unmindful of the controversy. There were rumours that he had joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Mr.Senkumar clarified that he had membership only in two organisations, his residents association and the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam local unit.

On decision yet

No decision had been made on joining the BJP or the Bharath Dharma Jana Sena as he had doubts whether he would fit into their organisational framework, he said.

But he said he would cooperate with those working to ensure a continuance of the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre.

Addressing the meeting, BJP State president P.S.Sreedharan Pillai said the party enlisted 18,600 members during the past few months.

This included regional and local leaders of both the CPI(M) and the CPI.

State secretaries of these parties, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and Kanam Rajendran, should discuss the reason for such exodus from these parties to the BJP, he said.

Mr.Pillai said KPCC executive member M.V.S. Namboodiri, Seva Dal State organising secretary Suresh Kesavapuram, and former SFI Pathanamthitta district president Pradeep Vallamkulam were among those who joined the party.

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