Phone tapping in Maharashtra: Sanjay Raut and Eknath Khadse considered 'anti-social elements' by Mumbai Police! tapped the phone of both of them
Another opportunity has come for a new boil in the politics of Maharashtra. Now the matter of tapping the phones of NCP leader Eknath Khadse and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut by Mumbai Police has come to the fore. Police have admitted that she kept tapping their phones by mistakenly assuming them to be 'anti-social elements'. The State Intelligence Department (SID) of Maharashtra had included some other names in the list of anti-social elements, but the police had long tapped the phones believing these two senior leaders. Mumbai Police on Wednesday admitted that it tapped the phone of senior NCP leader Eknath Khadse for 67 days and that of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for 60 days. Police said that there was a mistake in mistaking them as anti-social elements.
According to the Mumbai Police, a subsequent investigation found that the State Intelligence Department (SID) had written the names of some other anti-social elements and sent them to the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Home, whose phones were to be tapped. The ACS had allowed this.
Raut accuses Rashmi Shukla and the Center
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut accused former SID commissioner Rashmi Shukla in this case that at the time of government formation in 2019, he wrongly identified them as anti-social elements. Because of this our privacy was breached. The central government is giving protection to police officers who work for a party.
Ongoing investigation against Rashmi Shukla
Actually, Mumbai Police is investigating the illegal phone tamping case against senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla. The statement of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was recorded in the case on Saturday. His statement as a witness was recorded by Colaba police station officials at Saamana's office. He was given notice in this matter a day earlier.
An official said that Raut's phone was allegedly tapped twice in the year 2019 when Shukla was the head of the state intelligence department. He said that the phone tapping was allegedly done at that time after the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress were in talks to form the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government after the results of the state assembly elections were announced. Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil had last month claimed that between 2015 and 2019, the phones of four elected representatives on suspicion of drug trafficking were tapped.