Phone Tapping Case: Mumbai Police on Tuesday filed a 700-page charge sheet against IPS officer Rashmi Shukla in the phone tapping case. Shukla is alleged to have illegally tapped the phones of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and NCP leader Eknath Khadse.
An FIR was registered against her in March this year at Colaba police station in Mumbai under relevant sections of the Indian Telegraph Act and the Indian Penal Code. The case pertains to the time when Shukla was the head of the State Intelligence Department (SID) of Maharashtra.
Recently, the Mumbai Police has admitted that it has been tapping the phones of Sanjay Raut and Eknath Khadse for about two months. The statements of about 20 people including the statements of NCP leader Eknath Khadse and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut have been included in the charge sheet.
The case of phone tapping dates back to the time when the BJP government was in the state. Eknath Khadse used to be in BJP at that time. During that time, Khadse's phones were tapped for two months.
Similarly, Raut's phones were also under illegal surveillance. And at the same time talks were going on between Shiv Sena-Congress and NCP for government formation in Maharashtra. Presently, IPS Rashmi Shukla is on central deputation and posted as Additional Director General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Hyderabad.
Earlier on April 20, Mumbai Police had admitted that in the year 2019, the phones of NCP leader Eknath Khadse and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut were being tapped. The police claim that the phones were tapped due to the names of these two leaders being on the list of anti-social elements.
During this, Sanjay Raut's phone was tapped for 60 days and Eknath Khadse's phone was tapped for 67 days. According to the Mumbai Police, the State Intelligence Department (SID) had included some names including Sanjay Raut, Eknatha Khadse in the list of anti-social elements. Based on this the police tapped the phones of these two leaders.