MLAs Phone Tapping case in Rajasthan got extreme fire. The political parties went on the blame game tier when the reports of Congress MLAs conversation came out. Allegedly, during their stay at a hotel in Jaisalmer, some people tapped their conversations. This is not only a violation of privacy but also inflicts further political rivalry. The Rajasthan Police has been on work to investigate further in the case since an FIR was lodged at Jaipur’s Vidhayak Puri police station on October 1, 2020. Now, Rajasthan Police has brought about Rajsthan’s former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot’s media manager and a journalist to the limelight.
MLAs phone tapping case: Lokendra Singh and Aaj Tak journalist Sharat Kumar booked
The Rajasthan police has delivered and booked Lokendra Singh, media manager, and Aaj Tak journalist Sharat Kumar under sections 505 (1), 505(2), 120 B of the IPC. Under these sections, whoever makes, publishes, or circulates any statement, rumor, or report, promotes enmity, hatred between classes and criminal conspiracy, will face repercussions. Other than the Indian penal Code, the Police have also charged Section 76 of the Information and Technology Act. This act allows the police to confiscate the gadget related to information sharing.
The Rajasthan police has lodged an FIR against media manager of @SachinPilot & Jaipur based senior journalist for reporting 'phone tapping of Congress MLAs'. This report by @TabeenahAnjum https://t.co/oHwYLpF4Dr
— Rolee Kachru (@Rolee_Kachru) October 7, 2020
Hence, the guilty are under danger and on their way to persecution. Lokendra Singh will come with his case and electronic gadgets on Tuesday in front of Vidhayak Puri SHO Om Prakash Matwa. On August 7, the Pilot staff accused the police of having a hand in the MLAs phone tapping. The Rajasthan Police further clarified any relation in the case. They also alleged that Ajaib Electronics installed four jammers at Suryagarh resort. Ajaib Electronics, however, has shunned all allegations of doing so. SD Soni, its owner, said, “I don’t even know any Suryagarh, I don’t know anything.”
Gehlot government under the radar
The MLAs phone tapping emerged as a feat of overthrowing the Gehlot government. The BJP asked for a CBI probe. The Congress related it to the BJP and its involvement in horse-trading, somehow. However, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties said, “These two journalists have been targeted for reporting about an alleged MLAs phone tapping incident during August 2020. There was also an open confrontation between CM Ashok Gehlot and Deputy CM Sachin Pilot in the months of July and August.”
The Gehlot government won the trust vote in Assembly in August 2020. Hence, Ajay Maken replaced Avinash Pandey. With the new victory, the grievances rose to prominence again. Thus, Rajasthan Police booked the two media personnel in the MLAs phone tapping case.