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Rajasthan crisis: Home ministry asks government for report on phone tapping allegations

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The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday ordered Rajasthan Chief Secretary Rajeeva Swarup to submit a report on alleged phone tapping amid the political crisis in the state, PTI reported. This came after two audio clips of a purported conversation about a conspiracy to overthrow the Ashok Gehlot-led government emerged.

On Friday, the Congress suspended dissident MLAs Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh after a purported audio clip of them conspiring to topple the state government with Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat emerged on social media. The Congress also demanded a warrant against Shekhawat. Shekhawat, however, rejected the allegations and said he was prepared to be investigated.

The Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau has filed a case against the suspended MLAs on a complaint by Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi, according to the news agency. A special police team has also been formed to investigate and the case. One suspect was arrested on Saturday.

BJP had on Saturday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the allegations of phone tapping. Congress, on the other hand, had used the clips to claim that Sachin Pilot was involved in horse-trading with the BJP.

Last week, Gehlot had claimed that he had proof of Pilot being involved in horse-trading. “Money was offered,” he said. “And who gave the...

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