Charged for conspiring to topple the Rajasthan government, rebel Congress MLA Bhanwarlal Sharma has moved the court for relief. Bhanwarlal Sharma has moved the court seeking the quashing of an FIR registered against him.
FIR registered by SOG
Notably, the FIR was registered against the MLA by Rajasthan police’s Special Operations Group (SOG). It was registered in connection with two audiotapes of an alleged conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot-led government.
The SOG registered the FIR against Sharma on July 17 on charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy under IPC.
Sharma wants to quash or transfer of probe to NIA
The Sachin Pilot camp MLA has filed a quashing petition in the Rajasthan High Court. He has appealed the court to set-aside the FIR registered against him. Alternatively, he has requested to transfer the probe into the case to National Investigation Agency (NIA) from SOG.
The case was registered on a complaint by Congress chief whip Mahesh Joshi after surfacing of two audiotapes. In one of the tapes, Sharma is allegedly talking to Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for toppling the Rajasthan government through horse-trading.
In another tape, he is allegedly heard talking to one Sanjay Jain over the same issue.
FIR politically motivated
Sharma pleaded to the court to quash the FIR, terming the case against him as politically motivated.
Alternatively, he demanded the transfer of the investigation into the case to the NIA. He has argued that he does not expect fair probe into the case by SOG as Gehlot has given public statements against him.
The SOG has already arrested Jain and issued notice to Shekhawat.
Congress has alleged that Jain is a BJP leader, but the saffron party has rejected the allegation saying he has no connection with it.
Sharma along with another MLA Vishvendra Singh has been suspended from the Congress party’s membership for alleged involvement in the conspiracy to topple the government.
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