November 27, 2020 | 5:19 AM IST
Rajasthan Political Crises

Congress files FIR against Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat in alleged audio-clip case

A day after Congress released audio clips alleging Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of conspiring to topple the Rajasthan government; an FIR has been filed against him and two others by the Rajasthan Special Operations Group (SOG) on Friday. The FIR was filed based on a complaint made by Congress’ heavyweight Mahesh Joshi. 

The Congress has also suspended the two rebel MLAs, Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Vishwendra Singh, in connection with the alleged audio tape to topple the ruling government in the State. 

According to the party’s claim, in three audio recordings, Sharma can be heard discussing plans with BJP leader Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and businessman Sanjay Jain. However, responding to the allegations, Shekhawat clarified, “I am ready to face any investigation. The audio doesn't have my voice. If I am called for questioning I will cooperate."

Shekhawat also added that there were many people by the name of Gajendra Singh in the state and that he was not in touch with Jain and Sharma. 

On the other hand, Congress’ Joshi said that the SOG was actively following the case and the Congress had submitted many proofs in connection with the case. He added, “We are going through the legal route.”

Earlier during the day, the All India Congress Committee Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala addressed media persons saying, “Sachin Pilot should come forward and make his stand public on the allegations of providing MLAs' list to BJP.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore denied the allegations and said that there is no truth in the Congress claims and that the clips have doctored voices. 

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