Government urged to probe claims of phone tapping of judges

The Government was today urged to investigate claims that telephones of some judges were being tapped.Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath said that the Government had been silent on the allegation of phone tapping. Herath told Parliament the Government must come out and make a clear statement on the allegation if the allegation is false. President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya was reported as saying that the telephone of a judge was tapped. Deputy Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe said that the police can investigate the claim only if the judge files a complaint.He said that so far the judge has not made a formal complaint and that it was only the lawyer who had raised the matter. Senasinghe recalled that the former Government tapped even the telephones of the opposition but the current Government does not endorse such actions. (Colombo Gazette)

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