July 6, 2022

Maharashtra House Minister Dilip Walse Patil has clarified that BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis were given realize as a witness and now not as an accused in a telephone tapping case involving IPS officer Rashmi Shukla.

“No person has immunity in legal instances,” Patil stated.

Fadnavis on Sunday claimed the type of questions requested to him had been as though to make him a co-accused within the topic.

After a workforce of the BKC cyber police recorded Fadnavis’s commentary for approximately two hours at his south Mumbai place of dwelling, the previous Maharashtra leader minister advised media individuals that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) govt won’t achieve its motives regardless of how a lot it tries to “body” him within the case.

Fadnavis stated he had raised the problem of “mega rip-off” in transfers of officers at the MVA’s watch ahead of the Union house affairs secretary, however categorically denied having leaked any element involved in public area.

He additionally alleged that power is being exerted on him as he has been elevating problems such because the alleged connection between state minister Nawab Malik and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and the MVA’s conspiracy to focus on its combatants.

Fadnavis accused the MVA govt of “suppressing” the alleged mega rip-off of transfers of officers for 6 months ahead of he introduced it to the sunshine.

The chief of opposition within the state Meeting stated he had submitted main points of the alleged rip-off to Union house secretary, however didn’t make the paperwork involved public.

“Had I now not uncovered it, the mega rip-off price crores would have were given suppressed,” Fadnavis claimed.

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He stated the BKC cyber police had previous despatched him a questionnaire in reference to the case of alleged telephone tapping and leaking of confidential paperwork and he he had answered pronouncing he would solution the similar.

“However, there’s a large distinction between the questionnaire despatched to me previous and the questions requested to me nowadays. The questions requested nowadays had been as though I most effective violated the Legit Secrets and techniques Act…the questions weren’t requested within the way it’s requested to a witness. The questions had been requested to me as though to make me an accused or co-accused,” Fadnavis claimed.

The BJP chief stated he gave transparent solutions to the questions posed to him, and added that the Whistle Blowers’ Act must be made acceptable to him within the case since he most effective has introduced out the “mega rip-off”.

The paperwork he gained had been “delicate”, contained the names of IPS officials and therefore, the similar had been submitted to the Union house affairs secretary, who’s the competent authority, he stated.

“I didn’t convey the main points in public.But when the secrecy used to be violated, who did it then? Nawab Malik did, he shared the similar with reporters. He must be probed,” Fadnavis demanded.

He additional stated that regardless of how a lot the state govt tries to border him within the case, it’s going to now not achieve its reason.

“I will be able to stay digging up the black scams.I, as an overly accountable citizen, despatched the tips to the competent authority with out going after exposure and with out bringing it into the general public area.

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“Therefore, I believe the state govt may not succeed in the rest by means of recording statements or probing me,” he added.

Previous within the day, Maharashtra House Minister Dilip Walse Patil stated that notices had been issued to Fadnavis “5 to 6” instances asking for him to document his commentary.

“There’s no wish to lift a hue and cry. The attention doesn’t suggest summons.the awareness used to be now not despatched to him as an accused.The attention used to be despatched to document the tips he had in reference to the problem,” the minister stated, when requested concerning the BJP’s protest in opposition to the police realize to Fadnavis.

Walse Patil stated previous additionally, Fadnavis used to be now not known as to the police station, however just a questionnaire used to be despatched to him in reference to the case.

“On March 2 additionally, a questionnaire used to be despatched to him. However, because of some causes, data used to be now not gained from him. Therefore, the police made up our minds to document his commentary going to his house. I don’t believe there’s the rest incorrect with it,” the NCP chief stated.

The minister stated the case is sort of a year-old and the probe into the topic may now not be finished for need of Fadnavis’s commentary.

“Therefore, a request used to be made to him to document his commentary,” he stated.

The case used to be registered in opposition to 5 unidentified individuals and statements of 24 folks had been recorded until now, the minister stated.

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IPS officer Rashmi Shukla is accused of tapping telephones of political leaders and senior officers illegally when she used to be leader of the State Intelligence Division (SID). Former Maharashtra leader minister Fadnavis had cited a letter purportedly written by means of her to the then Maharashtra Director Normal of Police about alleged corruption in transfers within the police division.

The letter additionally had main points 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.

Following a grievance lodged by means of the SID, a case used to be registered beneath the Legit Secrets and techniques Act on the BKC cyber police station in Mumbai final yr in opposition to unidentified individuals for allegedly illegally tapping telephones and leaking confidential paperwork.

Earlier than the FIR used to be registered, the then Maharashtra leader secretary Sitaram Kunte had alleged in his inquiry file that Shukla had leaked the confidential file.

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Revealed on: Monday, March 14, 2022, 01:07 PM IST