On SOG notice, Shekhawat asks who gave permission to record calls; wants police to first check authenticity
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after the Special Operations Group (SOG) slapped him with a notice over purported Rajasthan horse-trading audiotapes and asked for his voice sample, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Monday said that he wants the Rajasthan police to first check the authenticity of the audio clips and asked who gave permission to record them.
"I first want them to check the authenticity of the audio clips, with whose permission was it recorded? Who recorded it? First, they should come out with authenticity. I've already said that my doors are always open for any kind of inquiry," the BJP minister was quoted as saying by ANI.
Shekhawat's statement came hours after the SOG of Rajasthan Police issued a notice to him over the leaked audio tapes purportedly featuring him and a Sachin Pilot camp MLA conversing about their conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government. The SOG has asked Shekhawat to record his statement and give a voice sample.
"Special Operations Group (SOG) of Rajasthan Police has sent a notice through my personal secretary. In the notice, they have asked me to record my statement and voice sample," he had said.
The Congress has alleged that Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat 'conspired to topple the elected Rajasthan government' and released a few audio clips of his alleged phone conversations with Sachin Pilot camp MLAs. The BJP denied the charges but accused the Ashok Gehlot government of phone-tapping and demanded a CBI inquiry into the matter.
Meanwhile, the Congress party has demanded Shekhawat's resignation over his alleged involvement in a 'conspiracy' to topple an elected government.
"Now that Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has been named in the FIR & his voice recognised in the audiotape, why is holding the post of Union Minister? Congress demands that either he resigns or he is removed so that he can't influence the probe," senior Congress leader Ajay Maken had said on Sunday.
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