Court notices have been served to the six Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLAs who are camping in Jaisalmer. The six MLAs are supporting the Ashok Gehlot faction. They had been shifted from Jaipur to Jaisalmer amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan.
As per the directions of the Rajasthan High Court, readers from Jaisalmer District Court reached Hotel Suryagarh Palace on Friday afternoon, and served notices to MLAs Lakhan Singh, Rajendra Singh, Deepchand, Joginder Singh Awana, Sandeep Kumar and Wajib Ali.
The notices have been served on the petition of BJP leader Madan Dilawar and Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP. They had sought stay on functioning of these BSP MLAs as Congress MLAs. The court had asked them to file reply by August 11. However, notices could not be served as the MLAs were locked up. A DB of Rajasthan HC had on Thursday ordered that the notices be served by Jaisalmer District Court. A special Assembly session is scheduled on August 14 and the BSP MLAs are vital to the Gehlot camp to get a majority in case of a floor test.
CM denies phone tapping charges
Amid political power tussle in Rajasthan, controversies continue to rise. The latest is the allegations phone calls of MLAs put up at the Suryagarh Resort in Jaisalmer are being tapped by CM Ashok Gehlot. The allegations have been denied by CM. The Rajasthan Police have also denied tapping of any phones. The allegations have been made by the Sachin Pilot faction that the phone calls of senior minister Shanti Dhariwal, independent MLA Baljeet Yadav and Congress MLA Jahida are being tapped. It is also alleged the intercom conversations between MLAS in different rooms are also being recorded. Some lists of phone numbers with corresponding names of MLAs and whom they spoke to on particular dates has also been shared.
CM Gehlot has termed the allegations as false. He said, “Rajasthan does not have any traditions of phone tapping. No tapping is being done. Tapping is illegal. All this is being done to spread confusion. It is condemnable.”
The Rajasthan Police have also issued a statement denying the tapping allegations. It read, “This is to clarify that no unit of Rajasthan police has tapped the phones of any legislator or parliamentarian in the past or is doing it at present. All allegations of recording intercom conversations are imaginary. We appeal to the people to not believe these mischievous rumours. Also spreading such rumours is illegal.”