Cops to go to Devendra Fadnavis over telephone tapping case

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Mumbai, Mar 12: Mumbai cyber police have issued a discover to senior BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis, asking him to look earlier than them on Sunday in reference to a case of alleged unlawful telephone tapping, an official mentioned on Saturday.

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The police official mentioned, “In the notice issued to Fadnavis, police have said that questionnaires were earlier sent to him in sealed envelopes in connection with the case, but he did not respond to them. Besides, notices were also issued to him twice to seek his reply, but he had again failed to reply.”

Along with this, three letters have been despatched to Fadnavis, reminding him to look earlier than the police. Nevertheless, he failed to offer any reply. Within the contemporary discover, he has been requested to look earlier than the cyber police on Sunday, he mentioned.

The BJP chief tweeted saying he has obtained a name from from Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, stating that the police shall be coming to his home to get his assertion and he doesn’t have to go to the police station.

Fadnavis mentioned that he shall be at his bungalow tomorrow and shall be cooperating with the police.

A case was registered below the Official Secrets and techniques Act on the BKC cyber police station in Mumbai final 12 months towards unidentified individuals for allegedly illegally tapping telephones and leaking confidential paperwork. The criticism was lodged by the State Intelligence Division (SID).

Nevertheless, earlier than the FIR was registered, the then Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte had alleged in his inquiry report that IPS officer Rashmi Shukla had leaked the confidential report.

Shukla is accused of tapping telephones of political leaders and senior officers illegally when she was chief of the SID. She discovered herself on the centre of controversy after Fadnavis cited a letter purportedly written by her to the then Maharashtra Director Basic of Police about alleged corruption in transfers within the police division.

The letter additionally had particulars of intercepted telephone calls, resulting in an uproar with leaders of the Shiv Sena-led ruling coalition alleging that Shukla tapped telephones with out permission.

In April final 12 months, the Mumbai police had summoned Shukla for interrogation earlier than the BKC cyber cell. She didn’t flip up citing the coronavirus pandemic. In Might, a crew from the Mumbai cyber police recorded her assertion in Hyderabad in reference to the telephone tapping leak case.

In the meantime, speaking to reporters, Fadnavis mentioned, “BKC cyber police have issued an inquiry notice to me. I will visit the police station tomorrow at 11 am.”

“The notice is served to me because I exposed the MVA government. I demand that the investigation of this (phone tapping case) should be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The state government cannot conduct a proper probe in such cases,” he mentioned.

“The state is trying to pressure me because I had exposed the scam of transfer in the state police force…I have more proofs with me, which I will hand over to the CBI only. I will cooperate with the Mumbai police in tomorrow’s probe as well,” he mentioned.

The chief of opposition within the meeting alleged that the state authorities and the police division have panicked, which is why the discover has been issued to him.

Story first revealed: Saturday, March 12, 2022, 18:39 [IST]

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