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Rajasthan HC orders police not to arrest Sachin Pilot’s media adviser till Nov 18

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The media adviser of Rajasthan Congress leader Sachin Pilot has been given interim relief by the Rajasthan High Court. The media adviser Lokendra Singh is accused of circulating the news of phone tapping of the MLAs during the recent political crisis in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan High Court ordered that Lokendra Singh should not be arrested till November 18. The court asked the Rajasthan police to submit the case diary when the case comes for hearing on November 19.

Lokendra Singh runs a news agency and also worked for Pilot as his media adviser.

Police harassing me: Lokendra Singh

In his petition, Lokendra Singh submitted that the police are harassing him for running news about the phone tapping of the Congress MLAs. The controversial news was run by him when the MLAs were lodged in a Jaisalmer hotel fearing horse-trading.

Lokendra Singh admitted that he circulated the news on the afternoon of August 7 about the phone tapping of the Congress MLAs by the Ashok Gehlot government.

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He submitted that he circulated the news to some media persons in the afternoon. But much before, a national and a regional channel had already run the story in the morning itself.

Singh also produced record in the court about the news being flashed in the morning at 9 am. He pleaded that while the news was already aired in the morning, he should not be booked for any conspiracy by the police.

Lokendra Singh said that he runs a news agency and he sent the news as a journalist. Therefore, he should not be booked for any conspiracy.

Rebellion against Ashok Gehlot govt

In July-August this year,  Sachin Pilot led a revolt against the Ashok Gehlot government. During this July-August crisis, the Congress MLAs were lodged in hotels in Jaipur and at Jaisalmer. This was done as the Congress government was afraid of horse-trading. While the MLAs were in Jaisalmer the news about the tapping of phones of some MLAs got viral. The names of such MLAs were also made viral.

The news of phone tapping was fiercely denied by the Rajasthan government. A few days ago, the police lodged an FIR against Lokendra Singh and against a journalist of a Hindi news channel. Following this, Lokendra Singh fearing arrest went to the court for relief.

 

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