Document pic of chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.
JAIPUR: At a measure viewed as a conciliation gesture involving the 19 rebel Congress legislators, the Ashok Gehlot government made a decision to fall sedition charges against MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma and many others on Tuesday.
The Special Operations Group (SOG), which has been exploring the charge of toppling the state authorities through horse-trading of MLAs, has transferred all 3 cases to the nation’s Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) for investigation beneath the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Sacked deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, together with CM Ashok Gehlot and Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi, was served notice, although not as an accused, at the very first FIR filed by the SOG on July 10. At the next FIR registered on July 17, combined with Congress MLA Sharma, a individual who has a title very similar to that of marriage minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was reserved for sedition. These men currently stand clear of sedition fees but confront corruption charges associated with horse-trading of all MLAs.
MLA Sharma had moved a petition before the Rajasthan high court trying to quash the SOG FIRs or handover the probe to National Investigation Agency (NIA). Hearing on the request remained inconclusive on Tuesday. Sources said the movement to fall sedition charges was aimed at maintaining the thing from NIA’s purview.
ADG (SOG & ATS) Ashok Rathore stated,”The investigations have been conducted in a free, fair and unbiased way. Taking into consideration how the investigations involved men sitting in the government, we detected utmost caution and care in order to not malign public picture of any individual or party. Throughout the course of investigations, even as it had been discovered that certain facts associated with PC Act were drawn, it was determined to acquire legal opinion in the state officer. Depending on the legal opinion, it had been decided to fall sedition charges and include segments of the PC Act.”
Since ACB is the sole service to conduct investigations under the PC Act, the case files were forwarded to it and also the court had been informed simultaneously.
SOG didn’t document any more program in court Tuesday to find approval for amassing voice samples of MLA Sharma or Union minister Shekhawat in relation to the alleged horse-trading of legislators.
Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi had registered all 3 FIRs. The previous two were lodged after two sound clips moved viral on social networking.