New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Dissident leader Sachin Pilot, who was removed as the Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan and state unit chief after his revolt against the Ashok Gehlot government, on Tuesday night served a legal notice to Congress MLA Giriraj Singh Malinga over his statement that Pilot offered him money to join BJP.  

News agency ANI, on Wednesday, quoted sources as saying that Sachin Pilot has served a legal notice to Giriraj Singh Malinga for his Rs 35 crore bribery allegations terming it as ‘false and malicious statement’.  

Giriraj Singh Maling on Monday had made serious allegations against Sachin Pilot, whose revolt in Rajasthan has left the Ashok Gehlot government near collapse, and said that Pilot had offered him money to join BJP, however, he alerted Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot about the conspiracy to topple the state government.

"I had a talk with Sachin Ji. He had offered money to join the BJP but I refused that I will not join the BJP," Malinga said.

"This has been happening since December, it is nothing new. I told them I cannot do this," he said, adding that he had spoken to Pilot ‘two-three times’.

Shortly after Malinga’s comments on Sachin Pilot, the 42-years-old Congress leader and MLA from Tonk, Rajasthan, denied the allegation against him and termed them as baseless and vexatious and said he would take ‘strictest possible legal action’.

"I am saddened but not surprised to be at the receiving end of such baseless and vexatious allegations being levelled against me. I am sure more such concocted allegations will be thrown at me to cause aspersions on my public image. But I shall be unfettered and remain firm in my beliefs," he said.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday reserved its order till Friday, July 24 on a plea filed by former deputy CM Sachin Pilot and 18 of his loyalist MLAs against disqualification notices sent to them by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi.

A bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta heard the arguments of both the parties and told the Speaker that no action will be taken against Pilot and other 18 legislators till Friday.

The sacked Rajasthan Congress chief and 18 rebel MLAs had challenged the disqualification notices served by the Speaker last week for their involvement in "anti-party activities". The team Pilot argued in the court that the notices were served on the same day of receiving a complaint from the Congress party and that they were given just three days to respond amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Posted By: Talib Khan