Nagpur: Assembly Speaker Rahul Narvekar on Thursday assured the opposition to ensure justice for those political leaders. Whose phones were illegally tapped by a senior IPS officer.
His reassurance has also come in the state assembly much after former speaker nana Patole and other Congress and NCP MLAs demanded a discussion in the House on the alleged illegal phone tapping by Rashmi Shukla.
In his decision, Narvekar has also said that he will see that the case is tried, and justice is also done through the Special Privileges Committee of the State Legislature. Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Ajit Pawar had also questioned who was the ‘mastermind’ behind the phone tapping indirectly pointing fingers at the ruling benches.
The decision of the Speaker also assumes great significance in the backdrop of recent developments. More than two and a half months after the Pune city police filed a closure report in the phone tapping case, a Pune court has directed the police to probe further into the matter on certain points.
Rashmi Shukla has also been accused of illegally tapping the phones of some prominent political leaders of the state when she was the commissioner of the Pune city police.
FIR was registered against Rashmi Shukla under Section 26
He is currently on central deputation with CRPF. When the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was in power in Maharashtra, an FIR was registered against Rashmi Shukla under Section 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act at Pune’s Bund Garden police station.
Section 26 of the Telegraph Act also deals with the “illegal interception of messages”. In Mumbai too, another case was registered against him by the Colaba police. Patole has also asked about what is the need to file the closure report. And he tried to target Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also holds the home portfolio of the state.
He has also claimed that the case violates the rights of several other leaders like Bachchu Kadu, Ashish Deshmukh, and Eknath Khadse as their phones were tapped.
It is notable that the Special Privileges Committee of the State Legislature has given very important decisions like imprisonment to hotelier Manjit Singh Sethi. To name a few, after the arrest of bureaucrat Nand Lal for making controversial statements against the wives of state ministers and also on the issue of local bodies when he was the state election commissioner.