MUMBAI: BJP chief Devendra Fandavis on Friday alleged that the fact-finding report submitted to the Maharashtra authorities by the state chief secretary Sitaram Kunte over the phone-tapping allegations is stuffed with fallacies.
Kunte had been requested to submit the report into the alleged police switch racket by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray within the wake of Fadnavis’s allegations that the state authorities suppressed IPS officer Rashmi Shukla’s letter or report, primarily based on telephone intercepts, on a “switch rip-off”.
Kunte’s report stated, “Regardless of stamping the letter as TOP SECRET, Rashmi Shukla appears to have leaked the letter, which may be very severe matter. Whether it is proved, she might be responsible for strictest motion towards her.”
Speaking about it, Fadnavis stated on Friday, “The Indian Telegraph Act quoted within the report is offered to public in a fashion handy to the federal government. The report in itself is stuffed with fallacies. Though there are adequate provisions to faucet the telephone calls, the federal government just isn’t prepared to simply accept it.”
“The then DGP Subodh Jaiswal had really useful a CID probe (into the alleged switch rip-off) primarily based on the conversations amongst police officers and different individuals concerned in it. Then why no motion was taken on his suggestions?” he requested.
The Act empowers the official to intercept calls to keep away from any attainable offence that would occur, he stated, including that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of the Maharashtra police has all of the rights to hold out phone-tapping.
When requested in regards to the leaking of ‘prime secret’ report, the Chief of Opposition within the state Meeting stated, “I had solely shared a two-page letter (associated to Shukla’s letter), whereas it was state minister Nawab Malik who leaked a few of its pages. I used to be even contacted by some journalists after they acquired the report from Malik.”
If any motion needs to be taken, it needs to be towards Malik, he added.
“I feel state ministers Malik or Jitendra Awhad had ready the report and chief secretary Kunte will need to have signed it. I’ve sufficient proof with me. If there’s a authorized motion, then I’ll produce it earlier than the courtroom,” he claimed.
Out of all of the names talked about by Malik citing the listing, 12 officers have acquired the postings as per their request, he claimed.
Awhad had on Wednesday alleged that Shukla, then Commissioner of Intelligence, sought permission for intercepting the calls of sure individuals, however really the calls of another individuals have been tapped.