Rajasthan Political Crisis: Ashok Gehlot govt forms SIT to probe 'audio tapes'; MHA seeks report on 'phone-tapping'
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after the Centre sought report from the Rajasthan government over allegations on phone tapping, the Ashok Gehlot government on Sunday formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the leaked audio tapes.
According to a report by news agency PTI, the SIT will be led by Churu Superintendent of Police (SP) Vikas Sharma and it will include personnel from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Special Operations Group (SOG) and Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS).
Other members of the team are Dharmendra Yadav (Additional SP-ATS), Jagdish Vyas (Additional SP-CID CB), Kamal Singh (assistant police commissioner-Jodhpur), Manish Sharma (Deputy SP- ATS), Kailash Jindal (inspector- CID CB), Suman Kaviya (Inspector- ATS) and Ramesh Pareek (inspector-ATS), reported PTI.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also sought a reported from the Rajasthan government over the alleged leaked phone tapings. The Centre has asked the state government to provide the details of the incident after two audio clips emerged.
What is this phone tapping allegation?
The Congress, earlier this week, had released two audio clips, accusing the BJP of trying to topple its government in Rajasthan. The party alleged that the voice in audio clips are of Union Minister Gajendra Singh and Rajasthan MLAs Bhanwarlal Sharma and a third man called Sanjay Jain.
A day later, the Congress also suspended MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh from the primary membership of the party while the state police registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act, saying it has registered an FIR on a complaint by Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi.
The BJP, on the other hand, asked if the Congress government in Rajasthan resorted to "unconstitutional" methods to tap the phones of politicians and demanded a CBI probe into what it called a "saga of illegalities and concocted lies".
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said senior Congress leaders, including chief minister Gehlot, have been claiming that these audio clips are authentic even though the FIR registered by police does not say so.
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