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Phone tapping case: Rajasthan CM’s aide to appear before Delhi police today

Earlier, Lokesh Sharma had been summoned by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on July 24 but had skipped it.

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
October 22, 2021 11:55:55 am
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s Officer on Special Duty, Lokesh Sharma, will appear before Delhi Police for the first time on Friday in connection with the phone tapping case.

Sharma was asked by the Delhi Police to appear at its office at 11 am on October 22, in connection with the FIR lodged by Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on March 25 this year, where Sharma is an accused. In his complaint, Singh had accused Sharma and others of criminal conspiracy and “unlawfully intercepting telegraphic signals (telephonic conversation).”

Earlier, Sharma had been summoned by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch on July 24 but had skipped it. In his reply to the Delhi Police back then, Sharma had said that he can’t travel for “personal reasons” for the next two weeks but can appear subsequently. He had said that if there is any “urgency” and if Delhi Police wants to speak to him within those two weeks, he is available via video conferencing at a suitable time and that if any information is required from his end, they may send him the questions. However, the Delhi Police did not issue a summons until now.

Meanwhile the matter has also been pending in the Delhi High Court, where Sharma had prayed for the quashing of the FIR; the High Court had stayed any coercive action by Delhi Police against Sharma until further orders. The next hearing in the matter is on January 13.

The Delhi Police Crime Branch had also issued summons to Congress Chief Whip Mahesh Joshi, asking him to appear before it on June 24. Joshi had termed it “political malice, unwarranted pressure” and had “challenged” Shekhawat to give his voice samples in the case. He skipped the summons citing several reasons, including the on-going case in the High Court.

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