Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole has filed a Rs 500 crore defamation suit in a civil court here against IPS officer and former state intelligence chief Rashmi Shukla and others for allegedly tapping his phone illegally.
In a recently filed suit, Mr Patole also sought a permanent injunction to stop the misuse of information collected through allegations of illegal phone tapping.
On Wednesday, civil judge VB Gore issued a notice to Ms Shukla and others, and asked them to file an answer before April 12th.
Ms. Shukla is currently the central deputy and has been appointed additional director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Hyderabad Apart from Ms. Shukla, a notice has been served on police inspectors (technical analysis department) at the Pune crime branch Vaishali Chandgude, the state home of the additional secretary general department, and Pune and Nagpur police commissioners.
Mr Patole, who is an MLA from Bhandara district, has alleged that the previous Maharashtra government (led by the BJP) conspired against him for political motives.
He filed the case through state Congress law cell chairman Ravi Jadhav and secretary Vaibhav Jagtap. They were represented in court by lawyer Satish Uke.
Notably, Mumbai police have recorded Ms Shukla’s statement in relation to the alleged case of illegal phone tapping.
FIR was registered against Ms Shukla by Colaba police in Mumbai earlier this month under the Indian Telegraph Act and related sections of the Indian Penal Code, following a complaint by senior police officer Rajiv Jain, who accused her of putting the phone numbers of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP chief Eknath Khadse under supervision.
Earlier, Pune police had also registered an FIR against Ms Shukla over allegations of illegally tapping Mr Patole’s phone when the BJP -led government was in power in the state.
The cyber wing of Mumbai’s crime branch had also registered an FIR last year against strangers for allegedly tapping phones and leaking confidential documents about police transfers while Ms Shukla held the post of head of the country’s intelligence department.
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