BJP lodges FIR against 3 Congress Netas, demands CBI probe into Rajasthan politicians phone tapping

BJP questions Congress on ‘illegal’ phone-tapping in Rajasthan, demands CBI probe

BJP has asked if the Congress government in Rajasthan resorted to “unconstitutional” methods to tap phones of politicians and demanded a CBI probe into what it called a “saga of illegalities and concocted lies”. The phones of politicians, whichever party they may belong to, are being tapped in Rajasthan as this is what we gather. A lot of unconstitutional things are happening there,”  said BJP Spokesperson Sambit Patra  at a news conference in Delhi on July 18. Quoting SOPs for tapping phones under legal procedure, Patra said tapping could be done only by authorised agencies. Patra also asked if in that case it was not a situation of emergency in Rajasthan. “The Congress has a history of phone-tapping,” he said, recalling the incident when phones of Rashtrapati Bhavan were found bugged during its government.  Regarding a question on “BJP leader” Sanjay Jain, who has been accused of engineering the fall of the Gehlot government, Patra said he did not have to answer to “concocted and manufactured lies”. The BJP spokesperson hit back at the Congress a day after it cited some audio clips to accuse some saffron party leaders, including Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, of conspiring to topple the Ashok Gehlot government in the state. Patra said senior Congress leaders, including Chief Minister Gehlot, have been claiming that these audio clips are authentic even though the FIR registered by police does not say so.”These are serious questions that we want to ask the Congress high command and Ashok Gehlot. Was phone taping done? Assuming that you’ve taped phones, was the SOP followed? Did the Congress government in Rajasthan use unconstitutional ways to save themselves when they found themselves cornered?” Patra asked  at the  press conference. People of Rajasthan want to know whether their privacy has been compromised, he said, asking if phones of people related to politics are being tapped? Patra demanded an immediate reaction from the state government and called for a CBI investigation into this “saga of illegalities and concocted lies”. The Congress on Friday demanded the arrest of union minister Shekhawat and rebel Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma after two audio clips surfaced pertaining to an alleged conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government. Shekhawat has denied the charge, saying his voice is not in these clips. He said he was ready to face any probe

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