| Jaipur |
Updated: October 7, 2020 1:21:45 pm
The Rajasthan Police has lodged an FIR in opposition to former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot’s media supervisor Lokendra Singh and Aaj Tak’s Jaipur-based Editor Sharat Kumar, two months after the Congress chief’s camp accused the Ashok Gehlot-led authorities of tapping phones of a few of their MLAs.
The FIR was lodged at Jaipur’s Vidhayak Puri police station underneath Sections 505 (1) (whoever makes, publishes or circulates any assertion, hearsay or report), 505 (2) (statements creating or selling enmity, hatred or ill-will between courses), 120 B (prison conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and part 76 of the IT Act, the place “any pc, pc system, floppies, compact disks, tape drives or some other equipment associated thereto, in respect of which any provision of this Act, guidelines, orders or laws made thereunder has been or is being contravened, shall be liable to confiscation.”
Police have additionally summoned Singh for questioning on Thursday, and have requested him to deliver his cellular, laptop computer or pc by means of which he allegedly disseminated the stated info. The investigating officer within the case is Vidhayak Puri SHO Om Prakash Matwa.
Reacting to the summon, Kumar stated: “All information channels ran the story from morning until night. Why is one channel being singled out?”
On August 7, the Pilot camp had accused Gehlot of tapping the telephones of a number of the legislators who have been staying at Hotel Suryagarh in Jaisalmer — with the involvement of some officers from the state police. The police division, nonetheless, denied the allegations and claimed that individuals have been spreading false info.
The camp additionally claimed that the calls of at the least six MLAs in Jaisalmer have been being recorded “unconstitutionally” by the state authorities.
They additionally shared a doc purportedly exhibiting an inventory of calls made to a number of Gehlot camp leaders, together with Cabinet minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal, Rajakhera MLA Rohit Bohra, Kaman MLA Zahida Khan, Banswara MLA Arjun Singh Bamniya, Dantaramgarh MLA Virendra Singh and Independent MLA from Behror Baljeet Yadav.
The assertion by the Pilot camp had additionally claimed that “4 jammers have additionally been put in at Suryagarh resort by Ajaib Electronics and there is only one place in the whole resort from the place calls might be made.”
In the wake of the allegations, the police “clarified” that “no unit of Rajasthan Police is concerned in tapping (telephones) of any MLA or MP and nor was it performed earlier”.
“Even the allegation of recording intercom conversations is unfaithful and fictitious. Rajasthan police all the time works to cease prison acts and unlawful cellphone tapping is a prison act,” it had stated, asking individuals not to concentrate to any “mischievous components who’re spreading rumours on account of ill-will and for egocentric causes.” It additionally termed the spreading of “unfaithful info” as “unlawful.”
S D Soni, who runs Ajaib Electronics, had earlier informed The Indian Express that he had “no information” of such an set up. “I don’t even know any Suryagarh, kahaan ki baat kar rahe hain aap (what are you speaking about)? I don’t know something,” Soni stated.
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