Notices To Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot Over Claim Of "Toppling" Government

Notices To Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot Over Claim Of

Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot asked to record statements with cops over their claims of "horse-trading"


The Rajasthan police has issued notices to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot to record their statement in connection with the alleged attempts to "topple" their Congress government, sources said today.

The police's special operations group (SOG) also sent a notice to government chief whip Mahesh Joshi to record his statement, they said.

The move came after the special operations group on Friday registered an FIR against two people, who have been detained, for their alleged involvement in horse-trading of Congress MLAs for toppling the Ashok Gehlot government.

"Notices have been issued to the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and government chief whip for recording their statement in connection with the matter," an official source told news agency Press Trust of India.

The sources told news agency PTI that nearly a dozen MLAs and others may also be issued notices soon.

They said the probe has revealed that two-three MLAs were also involved in offering money to the Congress and other MLAs on allegedly behalf of the BJP. However, Congress refused to disclose the names of these MLAs.

Also, action against those involved in the matter is also likely to be taken by anti-corruption bureau under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Meanwhile, the special operations group has detained the two people whose calls were intercepted.

"One person was detained from Udaipur and one from Ajmer district late last night. They were brought to Jaipur for interrogation," an official of the special operations group said.

The special operations group registered the FIR on the basis of facts that surfaced during interception of two mobile numbers which indicated that efforts were being made to poach ruling party MLAs, a senior police official had said.

The Chief Minister had alleged that attempts were being made to destablise the state government and the government chief whip had filed complaints with the special operations group and anti-corruption bureau demanding an inquiry into the case ahead of Rajya Sabha elections for two seats in the state last month.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also the Pradesh Congress Committee chief, had said that no such fact had come to his notice and no MLA complained to him in this regard.

Amid allegations of horse-trading of MLAs, the Congress and other supporting MLAs were kept in a resort for several days till the Rajya Sabha elections on June 19.

The Chief Minister, ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, had blamed the BJP for trying to destablise his government like Madhya Pradesh, an allegation which the BJP had rejected as baseless.

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