The Crime Branch of Delhi Police questioned Lokesh Sharma, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for over three hours in Delhi on Saturday in connection with an alleged phone tapping case.
The Crime Branch of Delhi Police questioned Lokesh Sharma, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for over three hours in Delhi on Saturday in connection with an alleged phone tapping case. After questioning, Sharma left straight for Udaipur where Congress’ ‘Chintan Shivir’ is going on. Sharma said, “The interrogation lasted for more than three hours. I have been asked to answer 45 to 50 questions in writing. I am cooperating in the investigation and will continue to do so.” He said that he is going directly from Delhi to Udaipur.
Meanwhile, the investigating officer of the case declined to comment on the issue. Delhi Crime Branch Inspector Satish Malik was asked whether Sharma had cooperated during the interrogation, he said, “I will not be able to comment on this matter. It would be better to talk to higher officials.
In this case, notice was issued to Sharma for the fifth time. Fearing arrest, Sharma had in November last year approached the Delhi High Court after receiving a third notice, seeking early hearing on the plea seeking quashing of the FIR. The High Court has already stayed the punitive action against Sharma. This stay will be till the next hearing on July 24.
Earlier on December 6 last year also, Sharma was questioned by the investigating officer for three and a half hours. In March last year, an FIR was registered against Sharma by the BJP MP from Jodhpur, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, with the Delhi Police on charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and illegally intercepting telegraphic signals. The phone tapping controversy in Rajasthan began in July 2020 when audio of an alleged telephonic conversation between Union Minister Shekhawat and a Congress leader had surfaced in the media.
This is about the time when the then Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and his supporters 18 MLAs had adopted a rebellious attitude against Chief Minister Gehlot. It was alleged that Sharma had circulated the purported audio clip of the conversation. However, Sharma has denied the allegations of phone tapping.
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