IPS officer Rashmi Shukla’s counsel has informed the Bombay High Court that NCP leaders Jitendra Awhad and Nawab Malik had released the confidential report prepared by the former intelligence chief in the corruption of police transfers and postings matter.
The statement was made before a division bench of justices Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal which is hearing a petition filed by Shukla seeking quashing of the FIR alleging that she was being made the scapegoat. She has also sought that the probe be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is already probing against Maharashtra’s former home minister Anil Deshmukh.
On Thursday, Shukla’s advocates – senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani and advocate Sameer Nangre – told the HC that the IPS officer’s report was leaked by the state ministers. The counsels stressed that the officer herself never leaked her own report.
Jethmalani argued that Maharashtra Housing minister Jitendra Awhad had held a press conference and released the confidential report prepared by Shukla “Even NCP leader Nawab Malik had released the report. Then why is the state government not prosecuting its own two ministers then,” asked Mahesh Jethmalani.
Earlier, the state counsel had said that although Shukla has not been named as an accused in the alleged phone tapping and leak of sensitive documents case, there is material against her for the probe to be carried out.
Senior counsel Darius Khambata, appearing for the Maharashtra government, had said, “This is a serious matter. She (Shukla) has not been named as an accused in the FIR yet. But there is material against her and the investigation should proceed.”
The state government has also contended that their preliminary probe revealed that Shukla had prepared three pen drives of the sensitive documents and material, containing phone surveillance on alleged corruption in police transfers and postings.
Of these, two are in possession of the police, however, the third one is missing, Khambata had said. They have contended that they need the third pen drive to corroborate the contents with the other pen drives.
The state government also said that the police had requested the leader of opposition, Devendra Fadnavis and the Union home ministry to share the pen drive. However, the police have not received any response till date.
Although the CBI, through additional solicitor general Anil Singh, showed willingness to take over the probe, the Maharashtra government has opposed the proposition.
Opposing the CBI taking over the probe, Khambata had said that Shukla has said in her petition that the surveillance was carried out at the instance of Subodh Jaiswal, who was then the Director General of Police of Maharashtra. Now Jaiswal is the CBI Director.
The HC has asked both the sides to submit their written submissions by today (October 29).
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