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Phone tapping case: BJP looks for early hearing of plea for FIR against CM’s OSD, Cong leaders

After the Delhi police filed the FIR recently however, the BJP has said it will file an application for early hearing in a Jaipur court.

Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur |
Updated: March 27, 2021 10:05:49 pm
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Jal Shakti Minister, TMC, World Hindi Day, West bengal news, indian express newsGajendra Singh Shekhawat. (File)

After the Delhi Police filed an FIR against Lokesh Sharma, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the state unit of the BJP is now hoping for an early hearing on its court application alleging that the state police was not registering an FIR against Sharma and other Congress leaders from eight months.

On July 17 last year, during the political crisis in Rajasthan, then BJP state spokesperson Laxmikant Bhardwaj had submitted a complaint to the then SHO of the Ashok Nagar police station in Jaipur, urging him to lodge an FIR against Sharma and Congress leaders who included Randeep Singh Surjewala, Govind Singh Dotasra and Mahesh Joshi. Later that month, state BJP leaders moved an application in court seeking registration of an FIR against Sharma and others, alleging that the state police was not filing the FIR.

The present SHO of Ashok Nagar police station, Surendra Kumar Saini, said: “I am not aware about any such complaint.”

After the Delhi police filed the FIR recently however, the BJP has said it will file an application for early hearing in a Jaipur court.

The party had also submitted a complaint at the office of the DCP south, Jaipur.

“At present, the matter is in court. After the state police, controlled by the Congress government didn’t register an FIR after receiving our complaint, we had moved to the court and submitted an application under section 156 (3) CrPC, requesting that an FIR be lodged. I have recorded my statements before the court and we are hoping that it will subsequently order the police to register an FIR,” said Bhardwaj.

In the complaint, the BJP has said that a ‘conspiracy’ was hatched in the Chief Minister’s residence in Jaipur and “fake audios” claiming to be that of BJP leaders were circulated among mediapersons.

The party had said in the complaint that while OSD Sharma had sent the audio clips to the media, Congress leaders such as Surjewala and Dotasra had cited them at a press conference.

The party demanded that an FIR be lodged against Sharma and the three Congress leaders under sections 469 (forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 195 (prosecution for contempt of lawful authority of public servants, for offences against public justice and for offences relating to documents given in evidence), 500 (punishment for defamation), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 166A (non recording of information) of the IPC.

Surendra Singh Narooka, convener of the state BJP’s legal cell and the advocate in the case, told The Indian Express on Saturday that he will be moving an application for early hearing of the case in the court of the additional civil judge and metropolitan magistrate in Jaipur, where the matter is being heard.

Reacting to the FIR in Delhi, Dotasara, who is state education minister and also president of the Congress in Rajasthan, had tweeted, daring Union minister Shekhawat to provide his voice samples to security agencies in Rajasthan and had said that if he does so, the “truth” about the Union Minister’s “collusion” in “conspiring to bring down the state government” will come out.


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