News Desk, Amar Ujala, Mumbai
Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:21 PM IST
Earlier this year BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had referred to a letter allegedly written by senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla to the then DGP over alleged corruption in police transfers. The letter also contained details of the tapped phone call. In protest, the Shiv Sena-led state government had said that Shukla had tapped these phones without permission.
Senior NCP leader Nawab Malik
– Photo : ANI
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NCP leader Malik said Shukla had cited sedition to seek permission to tap the phone, news agency PTI reported. He further said that this permission was obtained by misleading the government. Let us inform that Rashmi Shukla is a 1988 batch IPS officer. At the same time, earlier this year, a minister in the Maharashtra government had claimed that Rashmi Shukla has close links with the BJP.
Nawab Malik said, they had sought permission for phone tapping citing sedition and national interest, but instead they tapped phone calls of political rivals (of the BJP). Shukla’s advocate Mahesh Jethmalani told the Bombay High Court that when she was the head of state intelligence, the Director General of Police (DGP) of Maharashtra had directed her to keep a watch on certain phone numbers.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Rashmi Shukla. The petition challenges the FIR registered by the cyber cell of Mumbai Police against Shukla for illegal phone tapping and allegedly leaking sensitive documents. Shukla had earlier said that last year as commissioner (state intelligence), he had received information about corruption between politicians and police officers over arbitrary appointments and transfers.