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    Bombay High Court rejects IPS Rashmi Shukla’s plea to quash FIR in phone tapping case


    Shukla, in his plea, alleged that he was being made a scapegoat and was being targeted by the Maharashtra government (File photo: PTI)

    The High Court has directed the Maharashtra government to issue a seven-day notice to senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla if any coercive action is taken against her.

    • PTI Mumbai
    • Latest version:December 15, 2021, 4:10 pm IS
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    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government to issue a seven-day notice to senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla for taking any coercive action against her on charges of phone tapping and leaking sensitive documents. A division bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal also rejected a petition filed by Shukla seeking quashing of an FIR registered by the Mumbai Police and transfer to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

    His name is not in the FIR. Shukla, currently working as ADGP, CRPF (Southern Region) and posted in Hyderabad, was the head of the Maharashtra intelligence department at the time of the alleged phone tapping last year. “Both pleas – dismissal of FIR and transfer of case to CBI.

    The bench passed the order in the light of the petition filed by Shukla. In October this year, the Maharashtra government told the High Court that Shukla was not named as an accused in the case but had elements against him to conduct the investigation.

    Shukla, in his plea, alleged that he was being made a scapegoat and that the Maharashtra government was targeting him for submitting a report on alleged corruption in police transfers and postings. The petition further said that the state intelligence department, which was the chief at the time, had sought necessary permission from the Additional Chief Secretary to the Government of Maharashtra before conducting the surveillance.

    In his petition, Shukla said he had exposed alleged collusion between ministers and politicians and other serious corruption related to the posting of police officers. An FIR was lodged in Mumbai’s BKC Cyber ​​Police Station in March this year against unidentified persons for illegally tapping the phone and leaking some confidential documents and information.

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