MUMBAI, Jan. 25 -- Amid the row over allegations of phone tapping during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule in Maharashtra, the state police began a probe into the claims. The BJP, however, denied the charges.

State home minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday alleged the phones of the leaders namely Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Sena leader Sanjay Raut were tapped by the previous Devendra Fadnavis-led government during and after the Assembly elections late last year. "The probe is being conducted to check whether the government machinery was used to keep a tab on leaders from other parties. The government will also probe if any officers were involved in purchase of a software from ...